The euthanasia procedure

For dogs the sedation may be as much as is needed to make your companion fall deeply asleep. Once sleepy, and when you are ready, we will place an intravenous catheter and administer a dose of barbiturate which will allow your friend to pass. If your pet’s health is such that it is not possible to place a catheter we will give a second injection of an anaesthetic agent and let you sit with them a while longer. Once they are even more deeply asleep we can administer the barbiturate without the need for intravenous access.

For cats, we will follow the initial sedation with an anaesthetic agent again given under the skin. Once deeply asleep and once you are ready we will give the barbiturate either in to a vein or often in to the belly and they will pass.