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Will this hurt my pet?

We do our best to minimize or eliminate pain whenever possible.  However, this is a medical procedure and may result in some pain, but usually only mild and short-term discomfort. We often give pets a sedative medication by injection; we use small needles and administer the medication slowly and under the skin when possible to decrease the chance it will sting.  However, some pets may react more than others, either due to pain response or fear, which may result in more discomfort.  Our veterinarian anesthetizes patients before euthanasia, meaning they are asleep for the final injection.  The euthanasia solution itself is an overdose of a pain relief medication, and usually does not cause pain on administration, and would not be painful in an anesthetized pet.