What drug is used to euthanize dogs?

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According to the Humane Society of the United States, direct injection of sodium pentobarbital is the most humane way to euthanize a dog. It is ideal because it causes the animal to lose consciousness rapidly and results in an immediate inability to feel pain.

Usually the animal's heart stops within five seconds, although it may take more time depending on blood circulation. Although euthanasia is a peaceful and virtually painless process, involuntary release of stool or urine can be disturbing to some observers. Following death, the dog may twitch or gasp involuntarily due to muscle contractions. In almost all cases, the eyes remain open after the dog has died.

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