Survey of euthanasia practices in animal shelters in ...

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Title Survey of euthanasia practices in animal shelters in Canada
Author(s) Niamh Caffrey, Aboubakar Mounchili, Sandra McConkey, Michael S. Cockram
Journal Canadian Veterinary Journal
Date 2011
Volume 52
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Start page 55
End page 61
Abstract Questionnaires on methods of euthanasia used in Canadian animal shelters were sent to 196 Canadian animal shelters yielding 67 responses. Sodium pentobarbital injection was the only method of euthanasia used by 61% establishments that euthanized dogs and 53% of the establishments that euthanized cats. Many of these establishments used pre-medication. Sodium pentobarbital was mostly administered intravenously but some establishments also used intracardiac and intraperitoneal routes, and only used intracardiac administration for cats. T-61 injection was the only method of euthanasia used by 23% of the establishments that euthanized dogs and 35% of the establishments that euthanized cats. All of the teses establishments used pre-medication, but the percentages of establishments that only used the intravenous route for administration of T-61 in dogs and cats were 45% and 7% respectively. Further studies on the use of T-61, and the training and provision of counselling services for staff are recommended.
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