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How does euthanasia medication work to put my pet to sleep?

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The euthanasia medication most vets use is pentobarbital, a seizure medication. In large doses, it quickly makes the pet unconscious. It shuts down her heart and brain functions usually within 1 or 2 minutes. It could be given by shot or by an IV in one of her legs.

From: What Happens When You Put Your Pet to Sleep? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 6, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/6/2018

SOURCES:

American Humane Association: "Euthanasia: Making the Decision."

The Humane Society of the United States: "Euthanasia Reference Manual." 

Interview: Kristen Brauer, DVM, Tampa, Fla.

Interview: Bill DeBusk, Pet Angels, Pinellas Park, Fla.

The International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories.

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 6, 2018

SOURCES:

American Humane Association: "Euthanasia: Making the Decision."

The Humane Society of the United States: "Euthanasia Reference Manual." 

Interview: Kristen Brauer, DVM, Tampa, Fla.

Interview: Bill DeBusk, Pet Angels, Pinellas Park, Fla.

The International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories.

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 6, 2018

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