Unfortunate Endings: Euthanasia and your Horse


No one ever wants to hear than an animal they love has to be put down. This is never good news, and it is never something that you want to think about. However, there are some things that you must decide, and there are some things that you have to think of when you are dealing with your horse and the idea of euthanasia.

The process of euthanasia and your horse is actually ending the life of your horse. It is done in a very humane way, but it is not a method of curing your horse or giving it medicine. Euthanasia is a human way of ending your horse’s life.

Euthanizing your pet, any type of pet, including a horse, should be a decision that is made by you and your vet. Many people choose this method only when their animal is too sick or injured to be living comfortably, and when the idea of curing them is not an idea that holds much merit. The majority of horses that are euthanized are either very old or very sick, or have problems with their feet and legs. Many horse owners use this as a humane way of ending their pet’s suffering, especially if there is little chance of recovery or cure, and especially if their pet is in pain.

No matter what kind of animal you have, it is a hard decision for you to make. Unfortunately, it is often something that has to be decided with little or not notice. If you know that your horse is getting old, or if you suspect that your horse is getting sick, you  might have some ideas that it is coming. However, if your horse gets suddenly sick, or has an injury that is causing it great pain, you might have to make this decision very quickly.

There are several things that you should keep in mind as you are making this type of decision. First of all, you have to put the horse and how the horse feels at the forefront of your decision. Listen to your vet and thin about how your horse is feeling, whether or not they are suffering, and what their chances of recovery are. If the vet suggests a treatment that you think might work, be sure that you ask the vet about your horse’s state of pain while the treatment is going on. If the cure is going to cause your horse to be in a lot of pain, and it isn’t a cure that is even going to work for sure, it might not be something you want to do.