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Old 01-28-2013, 08:58 AM
 
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Yesterday was one of the hardest days of my life because my Greyhound of 12 years had to be put down because of bone cancer. We tried to make his last days as happy as possible but he would be up at night panting and crying because of the pain, even with pain medication.
We made the heartbreaking decision that we didn't want him to suffer any longer so we took him to the vet to be put down. We took his bed with us so he was able to lay down while we waited for the doctor. We asked the vet if the first shot would knock him out, make him go to sleep, before anything else happened and they said it would. When he was given the first shot he pulled back like it was painful and then his eyes opened very wide and stayed open, he blinked, and it was nothing like what we had expected. We expected him to be knocked unconscious but that wasn't what it looked like. Within a minute of the first injection the vet and his assistants came in to start the main injection but we couldn't bear to stay. We are very distraught and upset at the thought that the euthanasia was botched or that he experienced any pain. We don't know what to think. Reading different articles online is making us both ill at the thought that he was in pain but was paralyzed. To lose my beloved greyhound was bad enough but to think that his last moments were full of pain and terror is too much to bear.

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Old 01-28-2013, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Smile Our Murphy is struggling ----

What you described is what I do not want - poor little (even though he wasn't) guy. Just know that you gave him a good life full of love and kindness.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:32 AM
 
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I did talk with my vet finally and the medicine given was the proper type. Coach fell asleep shortly after we left, the vet just wasn't very good with explaining what was going on. I feel better knowing that he wasn't in pain.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:44 AM
 
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Yes, the decision you made was "heartbreaking" but more importantly it was the RIGHT decision. Take comfort that your beloved pet is no longer in pain and that he was lucky to have been loved by all of you.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:35 AM
 
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Sorry about your loss. I woke up Sunday morning at 6am to find my baby had passed away after fighting liver problems. I'm still very depressed and miss her so much. Your baby while in pain while dying is no longer in any pain and hopefully one day we will get to see them again.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Yesterday was one of the hardest days of my life because my Greyhound of 12 years had to be put down because of bone cancer. We tried to make his last days as happy as possible but he would be up at night panting and crying because of the pain, even with pain medication.
We made the heartbreaking decision that we didn't want him to suffer any longer so we took him to the vet to be put down. We took his bed with us so he was able to lay down while we waited for the doctor. We asked the vet if the first shot would knock him out, make him go to sleep, before anything else happened and they said it would. When he was given the first shot he pulled back like it was painful and then his eyes opened very wide and stayed open, he blinked, and it was nothing like what we had expected. We expected him to be knocked unconscious but that wasn't what it looked like. Within a minute of the first injection the vet and his assistants came in to start the main injection but we couldn't bear to stay. We are very distraught and upset at the thought that the euthanasia was botched or that he experienced any pain. We don't know what to think. Reading different articles online is making us both ill at the thought that he was in pain but was paralyzed. To lose my beloved greyhound was bad enough but to think that his last moments were full of pain and terror is too much to bear.
First of all, I'm so sorry for your loss. I went through this with my MinPin 5 months ago. I stayed with her through the process and they gave her one shot that seemed to take away all the pain. She actually became a bit more alert, and I walked around with her in my arms for about 10 min. Then they came back and said she needed more of that medicine. After the second injection, her eyes did open wide and she started looking all around the room, no longer focusing on me. She was also panting. I believe she was seeing other spirits that came to escort her from her failing body. When they gave the final injection, she just took a few breaths and then stopped breating. I didn't get the feeling she was in horrible pain. I guess that's my own fear of my death someday.... that it's painful.

Just typing this has made me sad all over I miss my little girl every day, and talk to her every day.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:36 PM
 
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I am so sorry for both of you who have lost your companions. There are some events in life that there are just no words to capture the emotion, but know that most people who read these posts are silently sending a compassionate hug.

Things have changed in animal medicine since I worked as a vet tech but I thought I would explain what I experienced working with euthanasias. Not knowing what drug was given it is only possible to make some guesses. We never gave a pre-injection except in the case of a very hyper animal and that was rare. I have experienced giving a sedative to animals before procedures and it is possible that the expression that you witnissed was not one of pain but a kind of rush from the sedative and the adrenalin mix - similar to the feeling you might experience if you stood up too fast. Keep in mind that there could also be a reaction between the injection and the pain medications.

I can say that for the 6 years working in a clinic, I never once saw a painful euthanasia. The drug we used stops the heart so the process is fast and peaceful. There is a gradual relaxation of the animal and I never anything that would indicate a feeling of pain. There is I admit a bit of discomfort from the needle but nothing more then from a routine heartworm check.

I don't mean to say it can't happen that it was done incorrectly. If it were me, and I had questions, I would find out from your vet what was used and have him/her explain how the drugs worked. It may ease your mind to understand the process. it is a terribly difficult decision to make, but it sounds like you saved your pet from even more pain and freed him from his suffering.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:37 PM
 
Location: South Jersey
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Why do I continue to read these threads - I am about to start crying at work.
I am so sorry for your loss.
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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I am sorry to hear about your dog. That is one of the toughest decisions an owner has to make but sooner then later most of us must make it and it is never easy. As an adult I have had to make it 4 times for dogs and 2 times for cats.Over the years I have decided that while yes I am always sad to say good bye to a beloved pet and my heart breaks to so that if I am honest with myself the saddest thing would to not have known each and everyone of them. They have all been so different and each has guided me through a different phase of my life. So I must loose one to meet a new one. The dead ones live on in my heart and memory and the memories I have of them put a smile or even a laugh on my face.The past 10 years I have come to know death too well but in doing so I have accepted it and see it not as an ending but as a new beginning for the one that does die. But I guess it is a new beginning for those still alive too.

The sighthounds tend to metabolise drugs differently as do some other breeds. Jazz my Cattle dog X border collie always took forever to get over anesthesia so much so that I once thought she had had a stroke.When I had to put her down the vet gave her the first shot which is a sedative to relax them and he left the room , when he came back he had expected to see her sleeping but she was wide awake glaring at him so he stepped back out and a few minutes later she got groggey and then passed out so never even knew when the 2nd shot was given. It was peaceful. Other dogs I have had were asleep much faster after that first shot and in the case of Dash he was so darned relaxed that he layed right down and did not need that first shot. Like people all dogs are different and handle drugs differently.

I will end by saying please do not feel guilty like so many do. You granted your dog that one last act of love an owner can give them and that is to put an end to pain and allow a fast peaceful death. Your dog knew love and there are so many dogs that do not know that and die that way. Your dog could have not wanted anything more and if there was someway to say Thank you from beyond this world I am sure your dog would be saying that. Hugs to you, may time heal your heart.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I too am very sorry, lost my Smokey in Nov, he was going on 19. Soon as I saw that he was in pain, I put him down, I didn't want him to suffer.
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