California Potbellied Pig Association, Inc
FORMULA FOR EUTHANASIA
Telezol : I vial powder
Ketamine: 250 mgs ( 2.5 ml or cc )
Xylazine: (large animal ) 250 mgs ( 2.5 ml or cc )
Inject Ketamine and Xylazine into a bottle of powdered Telezol.
Total volume in vial should be 5 mls.
Administer 1 cc or ml per 100 lbs of body weight.
Once sedated, administer 1 ml of euthanol for every 10 lbs of body weight, diluted, using butterfly needle into ear vein.
To get a good ear vein place a tourniquet (rubber band) around the ear at the base. Rubbing alcohol on the outer ear will also help to get a vein to appear.
Having assisted experienced veterinarians on many euthanasias (four in the first 6 months of this year, alone), I would like to add a few observations. On the initial anesthetic injection, don't underdose. The animal is going to die, let it go peacefully. Also if a large (4") needle is available an injection into the heart is much easier than the ear vein. It is very hard to find veins on a pig, and a vet unfamiliar with pig anatomy may have difficulty with the heart injection, which is why the ear vein is suggested. (Editor-Chris Christensen)
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