Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques: A Practical Guide
July 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
Including information on client considerations, equipment, positioning, sedation, and aftercare, the focus of the book is on providing detailed procedures for correctly performing euthanasia. Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques presents complete information on euthanasia, offering specific advice to improve skills and aid in decision making.
About the Authors vii
1 Client Considerations 1
Companion animals 3
Species-specific considerations 6
2 Equipment 19
Technique-specific equipment 19
Euthanasia area equipment 29
Species-specific considerations 35
3 Positioning and Restraint 43
Species-specific considerations 45
4 Pre-euthanasia Sedation and Anesthesia 51
Drugs and routes of administration 55
Assessing unconsciousness and sedation 56
Specific-species considerations 57
5 Euthanasia Techniques 73
How death is achieved 73
Choosing an appropriate method 75
Inhalant methods 78
Injectable methods 79
Physical methods 79
Species-specific techniques 79
Unacceptable methods for domestic animals 164
Death and associated signs 165
6 Body Aftercare 169
Species-specific considerations 174
Jolynn R. Chapell, DVM, is in private practice, specializing in exotic medicine, at Aspenwing Bird and Animal Hospital in Loveland, CO.
Robert J. Callan, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, is a professor at Colorado State University (CSU) in the Department of Clinical Sciences and service head of the Livestock Medicine and Surgery Service at the CSU James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Bruce A. Connally, DVM, MS, is a former assistant professor and faculty member in equine ambulatory services at CSU.
- Provides practical how-to guidance for veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary technicians in performing or assisting euthanasia procedures
- Improves confidence in all euthanasia methods, especially in unfamiliar situations
- Offers detailed step-by-step techniques for euthanasia, with additional information on client communication, equipment, and aftercare
- Acts as a tool for discussing euthanasia options with clients and in making clinical decisions
- Covers a wide variety of species, including dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, snakes, chelonians, horses, and livestock
“This is a book that you should purchase and not let sit on the shelf. Use it to perfect a ‘good death’ for your own patients.” (Australian Veterinary Journal, 1 April 2013)
“So while this is not a perfect book, it definitely does what they intend and I genuinely look forward to future editions.” (Veterinary Practice News, 1 March 2013)
“Overall, this is a wonderful resource for any practitioner or technician. The information is logically organized, enabling quick and easy retrieval. No other resource covers the topic of euthanasia as completely.” (Doody’s,
25 January 2013)
“The text would be useful both in an educational as well as clinical setting for review and further study.” (Vspn.org, 1 January 2013)
“Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques’ is very much a practical guide for veterinary surgeons and technicians on what is a difficult decision to make – and to get right.” (Veterinary Record, 15 December 2012)
"The book can be used as a manual covering step-by-step techniques or as a starting point for discussing options with clients. No vet's library should be without this manual!." (The Bookwatch, 1 November 2012)“On balance, the authors of this new book have succeeded in providing a practical guide to the euthanasia techniques for all species the practising veterinarian is likely to encounter.” (Animal Welfare, 1 November 2012)
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Footnote a on Table 2.2 on page 34 should actually read that those products are not currently marketed in the United States.