Farewell to a Friend: Videos of an at-home euthanasia

These videos show a veterinarian performing euthanasia at home for the Weitkamp family’s 16-year-old German shepherd, Smokey.

I separated the video into two parts, primarily so that those who don’t want to watch the injection of the euthanasia drug can watch just the first part. Also, there were some technical difficulties with the camera in the first part, and I switched to a different camera for the second part, so it seemed a natural place to split the video.

Part 1 shows Dr. Carney, the veterinarian, explaining the process to the family and administering the first injection — a sedative and pain med. The family then spends some time with Smokey while they wait for the injection to make Smokey drowsy.

Part 2 shows Dr. Carney administering the euthanasia drug to end Smokey’s suffering. It also shows Smokey’s body being placed on a stretcher for transport to the crematory.

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