How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask NancyH Your Own Question

NancyH
NancyH, Dog Expert:Rescue, Train,Breed,Care
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 31957
Experience:  30+ yrs dog home vet care & nursing, rescue, behavior&training, responsible show breeding, genetics
127115
Type Your Dog Question Here...
NancyH is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Why did my dog scream when being put to sleep To say it was

Customer Question

Why did my dog scream when being put to sleep? To say it was awlful does not begin to cover this experience. My husband and I always stay with our pets when they are being put to sleep. We have used the same vet for 20 years. He has put down 1 cat and 3 dogs for us. Never did the animal have the reaction our Spike did. Spike had Stage 4 cancer. He was half pug and half peke. He got to where the food would no longer stay down. Spike was 8 years old. The vet did the procedure just the way you described it. When I asked the vet why Spike cried, the doctor said it was from his having to pull the hind leg to insert the needle. Now I am wondering why when Spike was not given a tranquizer to help him. We don't plan changing vets. The vet is good and has always been a wonderful doctor to our pets. The vet was upset by what happened. We could tell. Having told a few friends about the experience, I learned from two of them that this happened to a cat and a dog. They screamed to the end. Why isn't this mentioned in your article? My one friend said her vet warned her that this screaming happens. People should know that it is a possibility. Yet your article doesn't mention it either. We just wish we had been more prepared. This just happened on Oct. 29 so we are still mourning. We can't forget those screams. Yes, Spike had 8 wonderful years filled with love. But still... Doe and Frank Castano
Submitted: 5 years ago via ThePetCenter.
Category: Dog
Expert:  NancyH replied 5 years ago.

My deepest sympathies on this terrible experience. I'm sure the vet was upset too as I know the time I've seen it happen the vet was very upset. Euthanasia is not the part of their job the vets like much as they are all about keeping a pet alive and healthy.

What I've learned about this, when I went through it with one of my dogs, is that this can be a reaction to the body slowly taking the med in instead of speeding it to the heart and brain as expected.

Typically a little bit of medication is put in and the dog gets sleepy and becomes unconcious like it does with anesthesia. Then the rest of the med is pushed in and the dog's heart stops which ends its life. Because its already unconcious it doesn't know or feel that.

When the dog's circulation is not good, or they have a heart issue, then putting the med in may be uncomfortable as it builds up at the injection site, and the medication may not get to the dog's system at the speed it should to eliminate sensation.

The slowness of the med entering the blood streem can produce sensations that make the dog uncomfortable or that frighten the dog because they feel odd. It may not be pain just 'odd' and so scary.

The medication can also cause involuntary vocalization as a part of it taking hold slowly. The lungs are working but the vocal cord control may not so exhaling can cause vocalizing.

Now that I know this can be an issue, I usually discuss it with my vet and ask if the dog's circulation will support using a rear leg vein for the injection or not. If the carotid artery in the neck is used, rather than a rear leg vein, the med goes in really fast and the dog can be gone nearly instantly, which is a bit harder to bear, but easier than the med working too slowly.

I'm sorry you have lost other pets but I'm glad you know it doesn't have to be like this.

If you have not seen www.petloss.com and the rainbow bridge story it may bring you some comfort.

I hope this helps you!

 

 

NancyH, Dog Expert:Rescue, Train,Breed,Care
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 31957
Experience: 30+ yrs dog home vet care & nursing, rescue, behavior&training, responsible show breeding, genetics
NancyH and other Dog Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for writing your answer so we non-doctors could understand it. A reply would have been sent sooner, but after sending the question, we had to leave. We did not know a reply would be sent so quickly. Thank you for that too. The best part is our vet did all the right things based on your website article and what you wrote here. The vet did give just a little in the beginning. Then he gave the rest of the medicine. Since Spike was blind, the sensation may have made him uncomfortable. Yes, we will use this JustAnswer site again
Expert:  NancyH replied 5 years ago.

You are very welcome and I appreciate your accept.

I'm not a vet but am very knowledgeable about what they do and how things happen for dogs from years of working with dogs as a breeder and a rescuer. So I've gotten quite good at translating what the vets tell me, what to ask, and how to make the 'technical' stuff understandable.

It is an awful situation when this happens and it isn't very common which is a good thing as upsetting as it is!

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
< Last | Next >
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
  • Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge! Cathie M Pompano Beach, FL
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Vet Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    4544
    Vet Tech for over 30+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/jadedangel57/2011-11-8_193134_janenewsm.64x64.jpg Jane Lefler's Avatar

    Jane Lefler

    Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst

    Satisfied Customers:

    13847
    Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 16+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ER/ERPetNurse/2011-11-7_1293_b.64x64.jpg Candy's Avatar

    Candy

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    7108
    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    A Voice for Your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    4704
    19+ years experience in small animal medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    4430
    UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/VetAnswers/2013-4-5_8257_prof10.64x64.jpg Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Scott Nimmo

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3977
    BVMS, MRCVS.