Euthanasia

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Wild Horses: Euthanasia, Changes to Adoption Policy Considered

July 03, 2008

Bonnie Matton, president of the Wild Horse Preservation League, wasn't happy when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it might consider euthanasia as a means to manage wild horse herds, but she wasn't surprised, either.... Read More

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Vet Calls Theodore O'Connor Euthanasia 'The Right Thing to Do'

May 28, 2008

"Karen and David (O'Connor) would have done anything to let this little guy have a shot," said Kent Allen, DVM, one of the three veterinarians who attended Theodore O'Connor following the gelding's catastrophic injury this morning and a long-tim... Read More

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Eight Belles' Necropsy Report Released

May 15, 2008

Eight Belles, the filly who suffered a catastrophic injury after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 3, had compound fractures of both front legs at the fetlock joints, a necropsy report released May 15 concluded.... Read More

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Massachusetts Horse Cruelty Case Continued Again

May 07, 2008

While her owner ponders his legal options, Quincy, the lame 29-year-old mare at the center of a controversial animal cruelty case, remains in the care of an unnamed Massachusetts equine clinic.

"She's as well as can be expected," said... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Filly Eight Belles 'Went Out in Glory'

May 04, 2008

A tearful Larry Jones said Eight Belles, who suffered a catastrophic injury in the gallop-out after finishing second in the Run for the Roses, said there would be no second-guessing in what he called an "unfortunate" outcome that couldn't be... Read More

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Decision to Euthanize Horse Could Bring End to Controversial Case

April 07, 2008

A controversial Massachusetts horse cruelty case might be resolved in court April 8 if the horse's owner agrees to euthanize the mare in question.

According to Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (MSPCA) Deputy... Read More

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Older Horses Part 6: The Final Decision

December 01, 2007

There can be many factors that lead to the decision for euthanasia--whether it's "just time" or immediacy.... Read More

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Michigan OKs Composting Horse Carcasses

November 16, 2007

Dairy farmer Ken Nobis reaches into a tall mound of what looks like topsoil and grabs a clump, which he looks over and quickly sniffs before crumbling it.

The 10-foot-high, 50-foot-long heap that he's examining is a compost pile. Its humus is... Read More

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Readers Respond: Remembering Lost Horses Poll

October 16, 2007

Nearly 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "How do you remember a beloved equine you've lost?"

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Derby Winner Barbaro Euthanatized: "Difficult For Him to go on Without Pain"

January 29, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanatized Monday (Jan. 29) after complications from his injury at the Preakness last May.

"We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain,... Read More

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Remembering Barbaro

January 29, 2007

On the morning of Jan. 29, Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, made the somber announcement most everyone had been prepared to hear more than... Read More

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Euthanasia Assistance

November 01, 2006

Can people with no money get a veterinarian to euthanize their horse for free?... Read More

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The Hardest Decision

April 01, 2006

Several recent occurrences have brought to mind the role of humans as stewards of our animals. These stories don't all have to do with horses, but how many horse owners do you know who don't have dogs, cats, or other critters running around the... Read More

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Horse Owner Wins Laminitis Lawsuit

July 28, 2005

Jane McGarel-Groves was awarded 350,000 GBP (about $608,280 US) in damages after suing two veterinarians that treated her 14-year-old dressage horse Annastasia in 2001 with corticosteroid joint injections. The injections inadvertently caused... Read More

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AAEP Convention Wrap-Up 2004: The Unwanted Horse

March 03, 2005

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) made the welfare of unwanted horses in the United States a priority for the foreseeable future, according to AAEP leaders during the annual convention.

While the AAEP's stand against... Read More

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After Goodbye

July 01, 2004

As horse owners, we care deeply about our animals. When one of our beloved horses dies, we lose a trusted friend. For many of us, the experience is emotionally devastating. Yet, just when we are at our most pronounced stage of grief, we are... Read More

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Captive Bolt Controversy

April 01, 2004

No matter your position on equine slaughter, there is a question in the minds of horse owners of whether a penetrating captive bolt is a "humane" form of euthanasia for horses. Many individuals and groups are dismissing captive bolt as inhumane,... Read More

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Captive Bolt: Comments From The Industry

April 01, 2004

One item in the debate on equine slaughter is the use of captive bolt for euthanasia. This is the same method used on other livestock killed during slaughter or during a disease outbreak (such as foot and mouth disease on farms in England).... Read More

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Disposal of Euthanized Animals

October 01, 2001

Q: Are there risks to other animals that may eat the carcass of a euthanized horse or other large animal?... Read More

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Unpredictable Fear

August 01, 2001

I have inherited a mare that no one wants because every once in a while she spooks and bolts, big time, without warning. No one has ever been able to figure out for sure what sets her off. But she can go from normal one second to a serious... Read More

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A Paradigm For Equine Euthanasia

February 01, 2001

A horse owner develops a relationship with his or her horse that is marked by mutual trust, respect, and affection, much as would be encountered in a relationship between two people who spend several hours every day together doing something... Read More

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WSU Establishes Hotline For Grieving Pet Owners

March 26, 1999

In January, Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine began operating a Pet Loss Support Hotline to support grieving animal owners. Specially trained WSU veterinary student volunteers are staffing the... Read More

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Retiring Your Equine Friend

October 01, 1998

Where and how you retire your horse depend a lot on individual circumstances.... Read More

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Euthanasia for Horses

October 01, 1998

After three days of colic, the horse's pain finally is subdued by various drugs and the anesthetic gas. The ventilator now is breathing for the horse, which has been placed on his back and a large incision made in his abdomen to allow for... Read More

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Necropsy: Searching for Answers

August 21, 1998

Whether your horse is a valued friend or a valued asset, the loss can be tough when he dies. But when your veterinarian presses you to get your horse necropsied, the thought of your horse's body being laid out, examined, cut up, and probed seems... Read More