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I am really big on giving kids choices and not dismissing their desire to participate just because they're little, but euthanasia is not always all warm and fuzzy and peaceful. Our dog yelped hysterically for a full minute after they gave him the initial tranquilizer. Sometimes that medication can sting, but it can also just make an animal vocalize because it affects that portion of the brain. DH and I were both bawling our eyes out.
I really think I would explain to them what was going to happen, give them time to say goodbye, and have the procedure done without them present.
On a side note, I think very young children might not understand the difference between a euthanasia injection and any other sort of injection. Might be confusing and/or bring back sad memories if they ever needed a shot or IV for themselves in the near future.
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