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It was the setative that was given before the euthanasia. I was expecting him to be sleeping or just calmed before the final injection. But instead he was just still and his eyes were open and glassed over not blinking. I just worry that he couldn't move or that he felt paralyzed. The vet told us that he still knew we were there and could hear us. I'm not sure what kind of drugs it was. But I would have rather had him to be asleep before the final injection.

Posts: 9
Im very sorry for your loss, Meme.
I, too, went through this same thing in late february. I was also troubled by the condition they put my dog in before the final injection. It was just as you described, & not exactly what I expected. To be fair, though, I didnt know what to expect as I had never been witness to the procedure before.
Also, like yourself, its been a futile struggle to shake this image from my mind.

Posts: 15
I understand what you mean. My sister and I had to euthanize her dog in March and my dog in May. It was horrible. They take them in the back and put a catheter in their paw and didn't even tell us that they are giving them a sedative. Both times, I noticed that Bridget and Franklin seemed completely out of it and didn't even seem to know what was going on. I found out later that they give them a sedative in the "back room" and then, bring them back into the room with us, then do the final shot.

I discovered a vet who does home care and hospice for pets, but didn't find her until a week after Franklin was gone. I wish I had known about her prior because even though it was a couple of hundred more for her to come to the house, she does it differently than the vet's office. She will give them a sedative that puts them into a natural sleep (eyes closed), and THEN she does the final shot. But, you can have more of a ceremony with them whereas the vet's office feels too clinical in my opinion.

In the future, I am going to use this vet that makes home visits despite the extra cost. I was charged $255 for the final service at the vet's office. This woman charges $595 which includes the ashes/urn and a clay paw print, plus the in-home service. She also takes the dog's body to the crematory and you can setup a private cremation if you want to be in there in person to witness.

Posts: 96
We just lost our Cassie, 9 1/2 to cancer.
Our vet did come to the house, it was difficult, just as you described.  I've been with other dogs where they did go to sleep first with eyes closed.  Not this one.  I was taken back a llittle with that.  Then it took five times for her to find a good place for the final injection.  We talked to our girl until she left the house.  I tried to close her eyes, but that didn't work.  I hate that memory and am trying to remember all of the good ones.  Why would a vet do that?  

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