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Posted by WebJoel on May 11, 2003 at 02:00:46:
In Reply to: freezing is a painful way to die... posted by xta on May 10, 2003 at 16:19:46:
How does a vet euthanize, anyway? Does anyone really know for sure? I seemed to think it was a cocktail injection of potassium salts and another element which together (but the potassium is the 'active agent') affect the muscles of the heart (cause it stop beating) and halt the breathing action of the diaphram. There's more to it than that, but yes, a 'blow to the head' is, um, quicker than the horror of freezing. I recall reading a 'how to' article posted on the 'net about freezing, and recommended wrapping the patient in a chilled, sopping-wet towel and leaving in the freezer overnight... I could have almost reached through the phone-jack socket through the 'net and strangled that website's author I was so P$%#$'d off over that jewel (sic!) of advice! :-(
I read and at one time bookmarked some article written by I think it was MK, regarding euthanization of green iguanas. Not performed by her of course, -she'd never do such a cruel thing-it dealt with cutting off of the head at the neck and according to the article, the iguana's eyes would follow the decapitor's fingers for some half-hour, and the mouth would open and try to bite if the head was disturbed by touching/prodding...
-It's just too sad to discuss means of euthansia... I think I'd rather read about someone's BD digging a hole to lay eggs in right about now...
:If you did ever need to put a beardie out of his misery, euthanize....don't freeze. Freezing is horrible to do to a reptile. I believe I read that ice crystals form and shred them apart slowly from inside their cells. I also read a blow to the head is more humane and quick although God knows I could never do that either. I'd suck it up and pay the money. HOWEVER, in this case your beardie sounds like he still has a will to live. Find a good home. I'm sure someone will make a great home for him. Keep us posted.