PRACTICAL TIPS FOR EUTHANASIA
Sample Euthanasia protocol: to make sure no steps or details are forgotten by the team, in DMV360.
CHECKLIST PREPARING FAMILIES FOR EUTHANASIA: Here is a brief checklist of things to discuss with families prior to euthanasia to help reduce stress during the entire experience.
Give the intravenous injection in the lateral saphenous vein (dogs), or in the femoral vein (cats). This allows the owner to be up in front with their companion
Use the XS Euthabag to transport euthanasia materials in a discrete way. Useful both at the clinic or for in-home care.
Check out this insightful article on euthanasia trends by Dr. Dani McVety: 6 Euthanasia Trends You Didn't Know Existed
Alternate Routes for Euthanasia By Dr. Mary Gardner. Euthanasia methods that minimize stress may not always involve an IV catheter.
SYMPATHY CARD WORDING: Finding the right words for a sympathy card can be difficult. This document offers some suggestions to help better express your feelings. You can check out our sympathy cards here.
HANDOUTS FOR PET OWNERS
Burying a pet
BURYING A PET: Although we are not permitted to bury animals, except on farms, some pet owners will decide to do it anyway. Thus, this document can be useful to inform them on how to do it properly.
Due to varying provincial regulations on the burial of pets, you can find a customizable document available below:
Download EN Canadian (all provinces except for QC) customizable document here
Download EN Québec document here
Download FR Québec document here
IF IT SHOULD BE: We've highlighted this poem, as it was wonderfully designed to help clients and the veterinary team deal with any guilt they may be experiencing. It can also be given before euthanasia to help clients with their grief or to help them make the right decision at the right time. [Click here to download.]
HOW TO SAY GOODBYE: a nice tool for families to assess when to choose the moment, by Andy Roark, DVM.
Quality Of Life Evaluations
Quality of Life scales can be found below to help evaluate the level of our companion or the families quality of life:
HOW DO I KNOW IF IT IS TIME- From University of Ohio state
FAMILY’S CONCERN AND Pet’s quality of life scale- By Dr. Dani McVety, simple and taking the family and the pet in account
The FAMILIES QUALITY OF LIFE ASSESSMENT-By Dr. Mary Gardner
PET’S QUALITY OF LIFE SCALY AND DAILY DIARY- By Dr. Mary Gardner, very simple and easy to understand
The Quality of Life Question we all should be asking. An article by Dr. Buisson on the questions to ask ourselves when we have to take the decision.