Euthanasia refers to the humane practice of ending a life to relieve pain and suffering. For an insurance claim to be valid, many companies require advance notification and prior permission except under the most extreme conditions. In some cases, the insurance company may wish to seek a second opinion before a horse is euthanized. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has established guidelines that state the justification for euthanasia should be based solely on medical, not economic considerations, regardless of the age, sex or potential value of a horse. The following criteria should be considered in evaluating the immediate necessity for intentional euthanasia of the horse to avoid and terminate incurable and excessive suffering:
Euthanasia (both equine and other animals) is a difficult yet inevitable event of animal ownership. And regardless if it is planned or unplanned, it is always an emotional moment for everyone involved. While we cannot cover the essential emotional coping and healing tools here on this webpage, we want to help provide some details that need to be considered and offer a few resources.
Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support
University of Pennsylvania
484-453-8210 | Website
(often necessary for insurance claims)
Warrenton, VA State Vet Lab
272 Academy Hill Rd, Warrenton, VA
540-347-6385 - Requires a vet referral
Marion Dupont Scott Equine Medical Center
17690 Old Waterford Road, Leesburg, VA
Agape Pet Services
804-737-8400 | Website
In Memoriam Pet Services
703-537-7373 | Website
Valley Proteins, Inc.
While this may seem unimaginable, the considerate people that work at the local landfill provide a small sanctuary on site, far away from refuse, where they can dig and bury for you.
Many farm owners may already know a friend or excavator with a backhoe (think about the team that dug your pool, basement, or grated arenas), but if not here are two that we know who may be able to assist with your on-farm burial:
540-955-9128 or 703-932-1796
540-788-3555 or 703-304-8570
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