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Cannon Falls, MN 55009

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Equine Euthanasia

Deciding when to put your horse “to sleep”, is never an easy thing to do. It is emotionally difficult for everyone involved. Owners may question, “Am I doing the right thing”? Or “is there something else that can be done”? These questions can best be answered by Dr. Winter. However, it is important to understand that this big decision ultimately needs to be made by the owners.

When facing the possibility of euthanasia, it is important to look at the situation from the horse’s perspective. Does your horse have a good quality of life? Are they continuously in pain or discomfort? Is the health issue ever going to be completely treated? If the answer to these questions is “no”, then the most unselfish thing that you can do to help your horse, is to humanely euthanize them. Although it’s a very difficult decision to make, in doing this, you are offering rest and peace for your friend.

It may be helpful in knowing and understanding the euthanasia process. Dr. Winter gently administers a syringe full of euthanasia solution into your horse’s vein. This procedure is painless, fast acting, and they peacefully fall asleep. Your horse is completely unconscious almost immediately after the solution has been administered. Be aware that their body may react to this process in various ways. Coughing or muscle twitching are common signs that may be experienced. This is an indication that their body is peacefully shutting down. Keep in mind, the horse is unaware of what is occurring and they are unable to feel anything.

After your horse is euthanized, a decision should be made on how to handle the remains. There are several options available to our clients. For those who do not wish to have their horse’s remains returned, a rendering service can be scheduled to retrieve the body. For those who wish to have the ashes returned, cremation is available. We recommend using Midwest Cremation Service of MN, Inc. They can be contacted at: 763-753-5510. If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact the CVS staff.

For insured horses, it’s important that owners have a thorough understanding of their coverage before submitting any claims. We recommend being in contact with your insurance company as soon as a health issue occurs and throughout your horse’s treatment. Being aware of your company’s policies, may prevent any unwanted stress.

We horse owners know full well, how difficult it is to lose our equine friends. For many of us, we grieve for our horses, in the same manner as we would a family member. Experiencing a roller coaster of emotions such as feelings of anger, denial, and complete heartbreak are completely normal. The staff at CVS have all experienced losing a beloved pet and are committed to making the euthanasia process as easy as possible on you and your family.


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