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Euthanasia Methods


  • Acceptable when administered intravenously
  • Barbiturates injected intravenously induce rapid euthanasia.
  • Barbiturates may also be administered to unconscious animals by intracardiac injection.
  • Sodium pentobarbital and several pentobarbital combination drugs may be used for euthanasia.
  • Barbiturates are controlled drugs and must be used under the supervision of personnel registered with the US Drug Enforcement Association (DEA).
  • Sodium pentobarbital is a (DEA) Schedule II drug and therefore more difficult to obtain than the pentobarbital combinations marketed for euthanasia that are Schedule III drugs.
  • Federal requirements for record keeping and locked storage must be followed..


  • May only be used as an adjunctive method to euthanize unconscious animals.