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My canine patients get both acepromazine and xylazine. We have a tendency to psych ourselves out with superstition about veins.I give myself two legs to get a vein for euthanasia. The truth is, most dying pets have lousy veins anyway. Have you ever watched a client before and after sedation? Most importantly, they get to spend a few minutes with their pet and see that there is no pain or anxiety.

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Every second the owner spends apart from their pet is a second of increased anxiety and guilt. With sedation, it’s only a big deal if I make it a big deal.

If that pet cries out or comes back shaved and bruised from unsuccessful attempts at a catheter – it’s even worse. If you do it right, sedation typically takes no more than 10 minutes (that’s if you give it subcutaneously like I do).

I would much rather poke a pet multiple times while they are sleeping and can’t feel it than to wrestle with them and poke them multiple times while awake and stressed.

I make sure to tell the owner that part of the reason for sedation is so that they don’t feel any more needles even if I have trouble accessing a vein.

Entering my clients home, one evening, I was greeted by a huge silver coloured Persian with a face like a large moon and as hairy as a bear.

From his neck down to his paws Kajal was heavily pelted.

That gives you time to make a short phone call, answer an email or quickly scoot in to see a patient.

I give my feline patients drug cocktails with whopping doses of acepromazine. I almost always get the vein (and I’m not a great phlebotomist by any stretch of the imagination).

Do you know what it looks like to a client when you perform standing euthanasia on their pet?

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