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tigerlily27606

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Hi, I wanted to ask about a horrific experience we had with euthanasia. We took our 17yr old chihuahua in for end of life. She was very I'll with cancer, dementia and numerous other issues. When the vet came in she explained the procedure to us, and then gave us time to reach a informative decision. She then preceded to inject our little girl in the hind leg with a single dose of medicine. She blew a vein about a quarter into the dose, at which time our dog let out a continuous, high pitched cry that did not stop. The vet then went to the other hind leg and blew out 2 more veins, all the while our little girl was still in the same continuous scream. She then switched to a needle that had a hose attached to it and went to the front leg. Now while all of this is going on my dog has had approximately 1/3 of the lethal medication. The vet finally got the front leg vein and push the rest of the medicine in and my dog stopped screaming and blood flowed out of her mouth and she gurgled and finally passed (I think). The vet then said we could take as much time as we needed and that she would now need our payment. Have you ever seen or heard of this and are we out of line to be upset? When our only concern with making this decision was that we didn't want her to be afraid or in pain in her final moments.
PoisonIvy

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Oh my gosh, that sounds horrible.  You are not out of line at all to be upset about this!  I'm so sorry for you and your dear dog.
twinkiesmom

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I am so sorry for your loss. It is doubly heart breaking when the euthanization is so difficult. I am speaking from experience when I say in all honesty that with many illnesses dehydration occurs and veins become useless in regard to finding a good vein. My kitty Cricket had to be euthanized with an injection into the heart. She had renal disease and was doing okay until one day she crashed. It was one of the absolutely horrible experiences I have ever had. All my vets always ask for payment before euthanization so clients can leave without crying in front of anyone else. I live in the Chicago area and spent $500 last week on my sick kitty, much higher vet fees than anywhere else I have lived. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
twinkiesmom

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I am so sorry for your loss. It is doubly heart breaking when the euthanization is so difficult. I am speaking from experience when I say in all honesty that with many illnesses dehydration occurs and veins become useless in regard to finding a good vein. My kitty Cricket had to be euthanized with an injection into the heart. She had renal disease and was doing okay until one day she crashed. It was one of the absolutely horrible experiences I have ever had. All my vets always ask for payment before euthanization so clients can leave without crying in front of anyone else. I live in the Chicago area and spent $500 last week on my sick kitty, much higher vet fees than anywhere else I have lived. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
cosesmom

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I am so horrified to  hear you had such an ugly experience with doing your final act of love and letting her go. I no doubt her under laying ailments may have something to do with your experience. It's so sad when you try to do the right thing and this is the memory you have to replay over in your mind. Try to let go of your babies last moments and focus on the journey you shared together for over 17 years. my vet always gets payment first then they do the deed. It would be nice if they had another way to do this in special cases such as yours. I am sending you all my support and comfort during these dark days.
Love and doggie hugs
Termy's mom
Tanker_1

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and this is exactly why the self-righteous who pass judgment on those who do not stay need to zip it. 

It doesn't always go peacefully. So sorry you had to go through this. 
Jacqui_97

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Omg, I'm really sorry it had to happen like this... I'm so sorry for your loss. And you are not out of line dear! They didn't do the procedure very well. In my case, they first put anesthesia in Tom, so he would be sleeping and numb for the final lethal dosis. When the vet tried to put it in his leg, and saw he couldn't, and Tom reacted badly (he did not scream but wanted to take off the needle) he just put the anesthesia intramuscular. He told us it would take a little longer for Tom to be sleeping, but it was better than pinching all his legs. He could later do what he needed, but then Tom was sleeping and calm and would not feel pain. So yeah, I think this vet did not do his job that well. I'm really sorry. I just can say that the best you can do now is think about the nice moments shared with your baby, try and keep this final moents away. Even if it was a bad experience, it was the best you could do. Otherwise she would be suffering even more now. I'll send you all my love and strenght.
grievingmom

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 I had a euthanasia gone wrong and I am not sure if now is the time to tell you about it. While you are suffering. If you want to know more, please let me know. I will admit it is easier for me to tell it with actual words instead of typing it out. I can get it out with words faster. Typing it out makes me angry as I type. And I am working on the anger. I have cried buckets of tears for several years now about this euthanasia gone wrong. I too had to pay for it with my credit card right on the spot after the sickening, disturbing and tormenting ordeal. 

I have read of other euthanasias gone wrong and suffice to say, what you describe does happen...and worse... and we are not the first nor will we be the last.

I know and understand your pain first hand.

The level of anger after something like this happens is off the charts. Unless you have had a euthanasia gone wrong, there is no way to instill in someone else just how angry it makes you.

I wanted to kill the veterinarian for many years.

Despite that, I can't tell you how sorrowful I feel for you and your dog.
Bobkittybsn

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I'm so sorry you and your pup had to go through that. It is difficult enough saying goodbye, and to have it go like that made a difficult decision worse. Asking for the payment right away was kind of heartless in my opinion. He should have given you time to process what had happened first. My guess is he was trying to get his money while you were still in shock and didn't really have time for what had happened to sink in, in case you refused to pay. Again, I'm so sorry this happened to you.
diane772

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I am very sorry for your loss and your terrible experience.Anyone facing euthanasia at any time please ask for anesthesia first. I had to put my Brandy down and the vet explained to me what was going to take place. She said there could be pain and Brandy may react.  I asked for anesthesia because I wanted her passing to be as easy for her as possible. So everyone please ask. 
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