Originally Posted by trailhorserider
Does the euthanasia solution have a half-life or something? Or does it just stay in the soil forever?
I have no doubts a bullet does a good job, but I could not be there for it. I would think it would leave a mental scar on the person that does it too. Of course, euthanasia is not pretty no matter how it is done.
I have heard horror stories about horses shot and assumed dead and then they got up later after the owner left and were wandering around out in the woods with a head wound. Not good!
I worked at a vet's office when I was younger and held many dogs and cats in my arms while they were euthanized. It took an emotional toll on me having things die all the time. That's why I quit working there.
The euthanasia solution is very potent. Years ago I read an article about low quality dog food using euthanized dogs,cats and horses in their food(listed as meat by-products) The solution survives the rendering process and is known to cause all kinds of health problems(cancer later in life as well as kidney and liver failure).
That is also my issue with a bullet, there is no way that I could be there for that. I also worked at a small animal vet, for 4 years, and I also assisted in many euthanasias, It really does take a toll on you, most were peaceful as the dogs/cats were old and ready, but then you had the occasional one where the animal would fight the drugs, certainly not an easy thing to watch especially with the owner there.
August on 2010 I had a horse euthanized, I had just gotten her the day before and she had severely foundered, she couldn't even walk out of her stall for the vet exam and x-rays. When we saw how bad her feet were(if you click on "Faith" in my horses you can see them there) we knew we had to put her down. We had to do it on the stall since she couldn't walk out of it. It was pretty traumatic, when she went down she hit the wall hard and the whole barn shook. That was the first time I ever witnessed a horse being put down, my mare who we put down when I was 18(~8 years ago) I was at work for. I didn't even know it was being done until I got home, probably for the best, but I still regret not being there, I would have liked some of her tail
, I hardly even have any pics of Tiffany.
Sorry for my long ranting not so much relevant info post...