having pets euthanized
I just had to do this for the second time. I've had three cats pass on - one naturally and peacefully on her own and two with assistance. The vet came to our home the first time and though my cat was 20 years old and it was time, he got very riled up when they tried to shave his leg and insert the IV. It was very disturbing - not the peaceful "going to sleep" experience I was hoping to have by not taking the cat in the car to the vet's office.
So my 19 year old CRF cat had reached the point this past week when his time had come. I'd talked to my vet (not the same one I had before) about how to avoid the traumatic situation I'd had before - asking if there was some kind of sedative pill I could give my cat to make him sleepy and relaxed - kind of like a good dose of valium for a human. He gave me a few Acepromazine tablets and I just had them on hand for when the time came.
Well, the time came this past week and I cannot begin to describe how much better this went with the sedative. Though my cat was weak and frail, he still would have been distraught having to go in the car. Instead I gave him the pills about an hour before we left the house. He was a sleepy, relaxed, frail little thing and I just wrapped him up in a blanket and held him on my lap all the way to the vet. The whole event was very peaceful and dignified - much, much better than my last experience.
I thought I would mention this in case it might be helpful to anyone else. This is such a difficult thing to do. For me I didn't want the poor old guy to remember his last hour to be a stressful car ride or a traumatic encounter with an IV. It turned out just the way I hoped - thanks to a couple acepromazine tablets.