Saturday, August 6, 2011

Euthanasia: Necessary? How, When, and Why?

What Do You Do When There Are No Proven Treatments?
When you work providing care and treatment to horses, it doesn’t take long to realize that there’s only so much that you can do.  Medical conditions fall into one of three categories:

  • Things for which something can be done
  • Things for which there’s nothing that can be done
  • Things that get better on their own
When is the Right Time to Say Goodbye?
General advice on how to objectively approach the decision to euthanize.

Equine Euthanasia:  How do I Know When it's Time
More guidance on how to approach the decision to euthanize.

Top Four Reasons for Euthanasia
Lameness, weight loss, colic, and equine Cushing's syndrome are the four top reasons for euthanizing an older horse, said Catherine McGowan, BVSc, PhD, RCVS, European specialist in equine internal medicine, who presented research by Thomas McGowan, BSc, DVM, PhD, at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, held June 3-6 in Montréal, Quebec.

HSUS List of Humane Options for Disposal of Horse Remains
The Humane Society of the United States released a national list of humane resources for horse owners making end-of-life arrangements for their equine companions.
"Providing a humane, dignified death for your horse is simply responsible horse ownership," said Keith Dane, The Humane Society of the United States' director of equine protection. "No one likes to think about the death of a beloved companion, but planning ahead is key to understanding your options. This resource list gives horse owners the information they need to plan effectively."

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