Does anyone have any experience in having it done at home? I am going to consult the vet Tuesday to see if there are some recommendations for providers in my area, but I have only seen this vet once since we moved to another state. So obviously I am lacking a long-term relationship like I had with our previous vet.
It's a hard time all around right now.
When I euthed CP, I first had him sleeping under the influence of isoflurane (gas anesthesia). I didn't even want to give him an injection of a sedative that could potentially sting. I figured he had been through enough. So, with him sound asleep, I gave the euthanasia solution directly into his heart. It was quick, I didn't have to fight to find a vein, and he never felt a thing.
- GL is Just Peachy
I personally don't like doing the abdomen (stomach) route. Using the heart is so much faster, and is easy to hit.
I am reconsidering the at-home visit unless they can somehow bring the gas to the house. He has been poked and prodded too much for his short life and I don't either want him to even feel the sting of another needle.
I guess I will talk with the vet Tuesday and see what can be done. I don't want him to feel any pain. :(
Personally, I think it depends on how your pet reacts to going to the vet's office. All of my pets hate going there, so in my mind, a small poke or stick at home would be far less stressful than being put in a carrier, going in the car and being in strange and uncomfortable surroundings at the end.
On the other hand, in many cases, your pet is too far gone to really notice his/her surroundings. For my 18 year old cat, she really was so out of it, where she was didn't really matter.
For my pig, Cookie, she was alert up until the very end. The thought of putting her in the car and having her last hours spent away from her beloved home was too much.
It really is a judgement call. I'm so sorry you have to think about this at all.
We will have to see what options we have. If we do have to go into the office, my husband can drive us and I can hold him. He loves to be cuddled, so at least that would be of comfort to him.
With the guinea pigs that I have had to have put down during the past year, I have remained with them as the vet gave them the shot in the abdomen. (I would hold the animal the entire time) That way, my piggy is with her momma and does not have to go into another scary room with strangers.
- Little Jo Wheek
My recent preference is to sedate with oral (or SQ if too ill) narcotics, like torb, and then do IP/IC injections of the euthanasia solution. It depends on how conscious the animal is at the time. If they are very well sedated, IC (into the heart), is the fastest. IP (into the peritoneum or abdominal cavity) is a bit slower, but well tolerated if the animal is more conscious. I try to minimize the stress to the animal. I have found that using gas anesthesia in many cases can excite or be uncomfortable for the animal if they are in a very aware state and it is unavailable usually for home euthanasias.
Once the cavy is sedate, they can peacefully pass away in your arms.
In any case, the decision and process are both extremely difficult and heart-wrenching.