Euthanasia Protocol Change Takes a Euthanasia Action Plan

By Kathleen Cooney / January 8, 2020

Have you ever gone to an educational conference and learned so much you didn’t know where to start? It’s easy to get overwhelmed with information and then struggle implementing it in your daily work. The ideas you heard were wonderful, useful, and potential game changers for your team and your patients. It’s essential to act…

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Equine Euthanasia; Imagining the ideal

By CAETA Administrator / December 4, 2019

Written by David Shuey RVT, CHPT Lily was an elderly Arabian mare who lived with chronic laminitis in her later years. In recent weeks, her pain had become unmanageable. Her owner called my attending veterinarian and me out to euthanize her beloved horse whom she had owned, cared for, ridden, and loved for decades. We…

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Resisting Complacency in Euthanasia Work

By Kathleen Cooney / November 4, 2019

A colleague told me recently how frustrated she was when a client verbally lashed out at her following a dysthanasia (bad death experience). The client was upset with the dog’s negative reaction to the pre-euthanasia sedation injection and the vet’s apparent ‘non chalant’ attitude to the dog’s distress. Wanting to get the bigger picture, I…

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A Guide to Intracardiac Injections by Dr. AJ Smith

By Kathleen Cooney / September 29, 2019

The intracardiac injection as a euthanasia technique in animals has been utilized since the early 20th century. The heart is a central vascular pump able to move euthanasia drugs effectively up to the brain, where many anesthetics like the barbiturates impart their actions. While perceived by many as objectionable to watch, the art of administering…

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A Brief History of Pentobarbital

By Kathleen Cooney / September 25, 2019

For those curious about the discovery of barbiturates, their origin can be traced back to Germany in 1864.  Ludwig von Baeyer, the founding father of the Bayer company, synthesized urea (a natural bi-product of the body) with malonic acid (derived from applies) to create barbituric acid.  The term ‘barbituric’ is said to have arisen from…

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Compassion Fatigue

Utilizing Euthanasia to Reduce Compassion Fatigue

By Kathleen Cooney / September 13, 2019

In medicine, we seek treatments to our ailments.  Find a cure and fix the problem. Compassion fatigue is a real condition that affects millions of caregivers around the world.  While complex, there are simple things that can be done to combat it. Does performing euthanasia, maybe lots of euthanasia through the course of the week/month/year…

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Rennie’s Story: The Perfect Euthanasia

By Kathleen Cooney / August 28, 2019

A case study in the perfect euthanasia experience by following CAETA’s 14 Essential Components of Companion Animal Euthanasia

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Euthanasia Curriculum – A Student Perspective

By Kathleen Cooney / August 14, 2019

A veterinary student gives a first hand account of the euthanasia training experience and speaks about the value of euthanasia education for veterinarians.

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During Pet Euthanasia, Sometimes How We Say Hello is as Important as How We Say Goodbye

By Kathleen Cooney / July 31, 2019

Pet euthanasia in the modern era is more of an experience than a medical act.  For the veterinary team, it’s an artful blend of empathy, time management, medical procedure, and connecting with those present. For our clients heavily bonded with their pet(s), feeling safe and supported is paramount right from the start.  This connection or…

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vet performing animal euthanasia

Euthanasia; It’s a Privilege

By Enid Stiles / July 5, 2019

A veterinarian describes why it is a privilege to participate in pet euthanasia and how it helps to restore dignity during a difficult time. Author: Dr. Enid Stiles (graduate of the Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy) Editor: Dr. Kathleen Cooney I consider my time as a veterinarian a privilege. And the reason why is simple,…

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