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Old 07-02-2010, 03:14 PM United States
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Default A question about euthanasia. PS all my babies are fine.

Can someone explain the different humane methods. I don't know what is done during the heart stick procedure. I just wanted to learn more. All my pets are 100% fine.
Is there a safe way to do it at home if it was needed??
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Old 07-02-2010, 03:42 PM United States
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Cervical dislocation is legal and widely used.
Gassing is legal.
Electrocution is not legal, but popular among pelting herds.

Most vets put them down with potassium (give them a heart attack).
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My vet uses the gas that puts the chins under in a glass tank, then uses the heart stick.

There was a member of CNQ and another forum who had a home made CO2 gas chamber at home that she used to put chins down, that was just not for me.
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I just recently learned that guillotine's are considered humane. They have to meet very specific requirements. I think this is mainly used for research purposes though.
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Euthasol injection is also legal, however, its use is restricted and it is not available to the public.

ETA: I don't know if anyone is interested, but these are the methods used for various species: http://www.ahc.umn.edu/rar/euthanasia.html
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I've seen (attempted) heart sticks, and after that, I would never ever consider doing it to a conscious animal (gassing first would be fine). IMO, a heart-stick alone is far from humane. Years and years ago I did an at-home gas chamber to euthanize a rat, and it worked quickly and effectively, but the noise scared her so she was a little panicky. If worst came to worst and I had to do it again, I would go with cervical dislocation. I've seen that done and it was so much faster and calmer than other methods.
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Most vets put them down with potassium (give them a heart attack).
That's interesting - most vets here use barbiturates.


Every chin I have had PTS has been anaesthetised by gas ( the chin is placed in a plastic box with the lid on & isoflurane & oxygen are pumped into the box) to the point of deep unconsciousness - as deep if not slightly deeper than if the vet was about to perform surgery on them - then the chin has a cardiac stick. The drug is injected straight into the heart & the chin is dead within seconds.
It is painless & not distressing for the chin - it's often very distressing for the owner. It is always carried out with dignity & the greatest respect for the animal.
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That's interesting - most vets here use barbiturates.
Potassium is cheaper. They used it a lot on horses when I was at college because of that, I assisted with one once and it was horrible. Horses do not go down fast when their heart stops, they struggle a lot and will kill you if you're not careful.
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I use cervical dislocation. As Tara mentioned, it is humane and widely used. I find it to be the easiest and most painless way for a chin to go, but I don't think it should be used unless you're trained to do it properly or you could just make the situation worse.
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Potassium is cheaper. They used it a lot on horses when I was at college because of that, I assisted with one once and it was horrible. Horses do not go down fast when their heart stops, they struggle a lot and will kill you if you're not careful.
That's awful - I am glad the vets here use barbiturates & not potassium.
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