- Pet forum for dogs cats and humans 


euthanasia --IV Catheter or just injection?

February 4th, 2010, 10:49 PM
My 18 year old cat has cancer, a golf ball sized mass in his abdomen, irregularities in liver and digestive tract (confirmed by ultrasound). He will probably need to be p.t.s. sometime in the next few weeks. :cry:

My question is this: Should I ask for an IV catheter so that there is no chance of missing of the vein (causing pain) or should I have the vet do the injections directly into the leg? What is the most painless way?

February 5th, 2010, 12:09 AM
First :grouphug: to you and your cat.

Personaly I would go for the I.V catheter. Sadly I have been present for many euthanasia's from my time working in a clinic and I think a catheter is best. From my experiences anyway.

February 5th, 2010, 12:22 AM
I'm sorry to hear your cat has cancer :( :grouphug:

Enjoy the time you have left & spoil your baby with all his favorites things :cat:

Many vets will automatically put in an IV for cats because their veins are quite small to begin with and it's less traumatic for the cat & owner should something happen using the injection alone route.

February 5th, 2010, 07:00 AM
I am so sorry :grouphug:

My vet uses the catheter.

February 5th, 2010, 06:49 PM
I feel awful for your heartache, aries :( .

I've only known vets to use a catheter as well.


February 5th, 2010, 07:59 PM
I'm so sorry. :cry2:

February 8th, 2010, 03:24 PM
I tried to post a couple of days ago, but it said the post needed to be moderated. :shrug:
Thank you for the replies -- your quick response is much appreciated.

Here is my cat in better days.

February 11th, 2010, 09:20 PM
I've tried to post this twice, I must be doing something wrong. :shrug:

Thanks everyone for the advice, I will request an IV.

February 11th, 2010, 10:06 PM
:grouphug:I'm sorry your cat has cancer and you both have to go through this hard time.

February 12th, 2010, 11:30 AM
I'm sorry as well Aries :sorry:
Your previous post is approved. You should have no trouble from now on...
sorry again..

February 12th, 2010, 11:35 AM
Muscle relaxant and IV catheter.

It is quick and painless.

I am so very sorry. I wish you peace and strength.:grouphug:

February 12th, 2010, 12:42 PM
Socks is one beautiful kitty :grouphug: Sounds like he was determined to live his life with you, I think he knew a good family when he saw one.


February 12th, 2010, 08:41 PM
Socks is gorgeous :lovestruck: I would also say he knew where he was supposed to be :)


February 12th, 2010, 08:46 PM
Socks is a very good looking cat.sweet sweet face.

February 21st, 2010, 09:13 PM
Socks is gone. :cry:

Thanks all.

February 21st, 2010, 09:14 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss :(

February 21st, 2010, 09:15 PM
I'm so, so very sorry aries :grouphug:.

RIP Socks :candle:

February 21st, 2010, 09:25 PM
:candle::rip: Socks :candle: You were well loved in life. Run free at the bridge.

February 22nd, 2010, 02:08 AM
:rip: sweet :angel2: Socks :candle: He is playing at the Rainbow Bridge ( with those who've gone before :candle:


February 22nd, 2010, 07:00 AM
I am so sorry :cry: :grouphug:

:rip: beautiful Socks :candle:

February 22nd, 2010, 02:12 PM
I'm so sorry, aries. :grouphug:

:candle: Socks

February 22nd, 2010, 08:27 PM
:rip: socks :cry:

March 13th, 2010, 06:31 PM
So sorry Aries. It's so painful to lose those we love and appreciate so deeply. Know you still think of your sweet Socks and miss him.

Aries, thank you for posting your question, for Sock's sake. Also, your posting and the replies (thank you kind repliers) are helping two of us....face the death of our dear pussycat... imminently.

He's been the joy of our home, such a light and ray of sunshine, hope and pleasure, and we don't want a life without him and will miss him thoroughly and heartbreakingly, but he's going very soon and we have to help him in ways that we can. He's dying at home, but as of this afternoon he's deteriorated and has perhaps nothing or little left that he can do to fulfill himself. We think he still clings to life in a way, but we also don't want him to suffer.

So now, as we lean toward taking him to the veterinarian for euthanasia, at least we know what to consider and inquire on.

This is one area that we hadn't looked into regarding dear paws, his death via veterinarian. We've been struggling for his life, and then so recently for his dying at home.

Here's to your special Sock's, and to our special gingerpaws (Gingersnap, but he knows only KiKi and sweet tones, and then there are bunches of other fluttery loving and silly names here and there), and all those beloved wonderful animals that have been part of their families everywhere.

Partings are such sorrow, for many of us crushing. For those pets that are gone or passing, we'll never forget them, always love and adore them, and we'll miss them forever. I'll yearn for gingerbeastie for the rest of my life. May your question and the kind replies given help even more people and more pet-family members. At the least, Aries and you the kind repliers have helped us. Thank you again. :candle:

March 13th, 2010, 08:22 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your kitty :(
You must care about him a lot to ask such a painful question.

Know that he will go peacefully without any pain and will be in a better place afterward. :angel:

I just now noticed the pic. What a beautiful kitty.

March 16th, 2010, 06:06 PM
:cry: Awww, what a beautiful boy Socks is.....I'm so sorry, but I do believe that no love is ever lost and you will be able to see Socks again....sometime.