The process of euthanasia is designed to be as painless and comfortable as possible for both you and your pet.
Generally, the process begins by starting a catheter to make it easier and painless to deliver the two euthanasia drugs. There can be some mild discomfort during the initial catheter, but it quickly goes away.
- The first injection is a profound sedative to produce complete anesthesia and calmness. There is no thought, no sensation, and no movement after- wards.
- The second injection is a Pentobarbital solution designed to stop the heart. Within just a few seconds, their breathing will slow down, then stop. Cardiac arrest will follow, resulting in death.
After they have passed away, there may be some reflexive muscle movements, a couple of last big breaths, and their bowels might release as the body relaxes, but these are all part of the process and very normal and natural.