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Euthanasia: Guidance for a Difficult Decision
An excerpt from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) website.
There are a wide range of circumstances under which euthanasia is a reasonable and responsible choice. Among the most common are these:
- Incurable, progressive disease
- Incurable, transmissible disease
- Chronic severe lameness
- Inoperable colic
- Foals born with serious defects
- Debilitation in old age
- Severe traumatic injury
- Dangerous behavioural traits
- Undue financial burden of caring for a sick or incapacitated horse
- Undue suffering for any reason
Every case is unique. Even in similar situations, the decision to euthanize an animal is highly individual. For example, in the case of a severe traumatic injury, such as a broken leg, the animal’s psychological makeup can influence the outcome. Some horses may respond better to treatment than others; some are more co-operative than others, and some have a higher pain tolerance than others.
Please feel free to contact us, to assist you in making an informed decision, and click here to read an article about euthanasia.