Idea Exchange: Special euthanasia considerations when owners are present

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Sep 01, 2007
By dvm360.com staff

When euthanizing a pet with its owners present, consider using the lateral saphenous vein rather than the cephalic vein. Working on the hindlimb allows owners to cradle their pet's head and allay its anxiety. In addition, the lateral saphenous vein may be more apparent and accessible than the cephalic vein is. Remember, having owners involved in a procedure increases your liability, so assess the situation carefully.

Dr. Mike Salkin
Forestville, Calif.