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Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques: A Practical Guide

Handbook / Manual

By: Kathleen A Cooney (Author), Jolynn R Chapell (Author), Robert J Callan (Author), Bruce A Connally (Author)

204 pages, Illustrations


Paperback | Jun 2012 | #220875 | ISBN-13: 9780470959183
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Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques: A Practical Guide provides detailed guidance on euthanasia procedures in a wide variety of species, including dogs, cats, exotics, horses, and production animals. Based on the current AVMA guidelines, the book offers step-by-step descriptions of the recommended methods of euthanasia, giving all the information needed to perform these techniques with confidence.

Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques helps practitioners, students, and technicians expand their knowledge base and provide competent, compassionate euthanasia services. Including information on client considerations, equipment, positioning, sedation, and aftercare, the focus of the book is on providing detailed procedures for correctly performing euthanasia. Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques presents complete information on euthanasia, offering specific advice to improve skills and aid in decision making.


About the Authors vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi

1 Client Considerations 1
Companion animals 3
Species-specific considerations 6

2 Equipment 19
Technique-specific equipment 19
Euthanasia area equipment 29
Drugs 30
Species-specific considerations 35

3 Positioning and Restraint 43
Positioning 43
Restraint 45
Species-specific considerations 45

4 Pre-euthanasia Sedation and Anesthesia 51
Anesthesia 52
Sedation 53
Drugs and routes of administration 55
Assessing unconsciousness and sedation 56
Specific-species considerations 57

5 Euthanasia Techniques 73
How death is achieved 73
Choosing an appropriate method 75
Inhalant methods 78
Injectable methods 79
Physical methods 79
Species-specific techniques 79
Unacceptable methods for domestic animals 164
Death and associated signs 165

6 Body Aftercare 169
Burial 170
Composting 172
Cremation/incineration 173
Rendering 174
Species-specific considerations 174

Conclusion 183
Bibliography 185
Index 191

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Kathleen A. Cooney, DVM, MS, is founder and owner of Home to Heaven, P.C., a mobile veterinary hospice and euthanasia service based in northern Colorado.

Jolynn R. Chapell, DVM, is in private practice, specializing in exotic medicine, at Aspenwing Bird and Animal Hospital in Loveland, CO.

Robert J. Callan, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, is a professor at Colorado State University (CSU) in the Department of Clinical Sciences and service head of the Livestock Medicine and Surgery Service at the CSU James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Bruce A. Connally, DVM, MS, is a former assistant professor and faculty member in equine ambulatory services at CSU.

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