It helps to know exactly where it is if you are unfamiliar with guinea pig anatomy.
- I GAVE, dammit!
After being still spry at age 22, one day Misty just went limp and I knew it was time. The vet started off shaving her leg for an IV - she jumped up like she had a 10th life and screamed the whole time. Then he gave her light sedation before "the" shot. When she seemed asleep he gave her "the" shot (don't know what it was) -- she started gasping and screaming and gasping some more, over and over. I was horrified and begged him to give her more and end her misery NOW. Same thing! It took three shots of the euthanasia stuff to finally put her to sleep. In between horrible gasping and choking sounds I will never forget, and yes he checked and her heart was still beating. One of the worse experiences of my life. What was he afraid of -- OVERdosing her?????
- I Love Lucy
- It started with Louie...
Louie was injected with some drug that made him really out of it in the end. I held him for a long time and then they came in to do the "heart stick". He squeeked briefly and then that was it. But I will always remember that last horrible squeek.
Chewie's death on the other hand was so peaceful. He died in my arms while the first drug was in his system for a while. He became so relaxed, took one final breath and that was it. The vet came in to give him the heart stick but I was so glad to say to her that he left on his own accord.
I did see my little Huey die before I could take him into the vet after I brought him home from surgery. He seized and struggled and cried a horrible sound again and again. All I could do was pet him and talk to him. It was only about a minute and I knew I was too late to bring him in. That was one of the worst things I ever witnessed and I felt so sorry for him. I would have rather had him go with a heart stick. Poor sweetie.
I think an injection of some sedative is better, and I would ask for it "next time :("
Serena, wasn't it Torb Louie had that sedated him so well? I'm sorry if this makes you sad, it never really goes away. But your story of how you said goodbye to Louie makes me wish I had done it that way.
Euthanasia is suppose to be a great thing to do for our beloved pets to help end their suffering.
Awhle back... I think CA was having their few death sentence be carried out in a looong time, I read an article talking about the debate about the "3 part cocktail" that they usually give as lethal injection and how some people didnt feel that it was humane. They ended up giving a sedative to induce sleep, follwoed by an "overdose of barbituates", which is what I had seen done at the marine mammal center and my current place of employment. So if it is "approved" for people, you know its most likely the best way to go.
BTW, "the shot" is an unmistakable pink solution. It's a barbitual overdose (fancy way of saying... way too much sedation that it stops the heart and brain).
Apologies for the slightly incoherent post and any grammatical or spelling errors I'm not catching. The CP is a little drunk and my fingers arent very coordinated at the moment.
Please note that there are three types of injection and each has very different effects; plus different drugs can only be given certain ways.
Injection is injected directly into the bloodstream. Euthasol (the pink soln used for euthanasia) is given IV. In the case of guinea pigs, its nearly impossible to push that thick liquid thru such tiny veins, even on the healthiest of pigs, which is why euthasol is given thru a cardiac stick usually.
Injection into the muscle.
Injection under the skin put above the muscle.
- Cindy in MI
- Supporter in '05
Serena,He seized and struggled and cried a horrible sound again and again. All I could do was pet him and talk to him. It was only about a minute and I knew I was too late to bring him in.
I know it's probably of little consolation but I do believe that when they are that close, especially after something that looks like seizure activity, that the part of their brain that causes them to be aware is no longer functioning. I think at that point it is the more primitive brain function that we see but that the animal is no longer aware of what is going on because the higher brain function has ceased. I've seen this with a several cats and two guinea pigs over the years. I know it is an awful thing to watch and those memories will always haunt me. But I take comfort that the animal isn't aware at that point.
I read the page in GL on euthanasia and discussed it with Dr. J and he thought it made sense.
CP thanks for bringing it up for those who will face the difficult decision. I will always be glad that Rod passed gently. He and Dr. J had bonded so I don't think he was frightened after so many trips with Dr. J feeding him Parsley and grass.
- GL is Just Peachy
My cats all have had some sort of injection prior to the pink stuff. None seemed to notice at all. My beloved Godfrey was at UC Davis. I had an appointment with the oncologist to discuss chemo, but his cancer had spread. They were wonderful. Let me take him outside (his favorite) where he purred in the grass for about an hour. When I was ready, the doctor came outside and gave him the sedative. Very peaceful for us both.
For our last old girl, we had a vet come to the house. It wasn't too expensive and I'd highly recommend it. One of the nicest parts was the other cats were in the room and with us all. We were together as a family.
I wouldn't do iso first. I've seen them struggle with it and it's quite upsetting (to me, in particular). And I think it's extremely important to discuss this topic.
This may be a case of Veterinary medicine ahead of human medicine.
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