Last thursday my mare had to be put down. To make a long and distressing story short, the vet made a mash-up of the injection. He didn't bring enough of the lethal injection, requested a bottle of washing up liquid and then told us to leave the stable for 5 minutes and leave him alone with her. In our distress, my mother and I just did as he said, but afterwards when my mum askd him what he'd done with the washing up liquid he said 'you don't want to know' and refusd to tell us. Naturally we were very distressed, and when her body was removed later that day, there was a lot of blood on the straw, although I had not been able to see a mark on her body when I'd checked her before she was taken away,
I have two questions, the first is, do any of you have any idea what he might have done with the washing up liquid? Please be honest, I would much rather know, even if it is gruesome, than always wonder what he did to her.
The second is, can anyone tell me if it's common for horses to show blood after they have been put down? I know it's normal for them to become incontinent, which she did, but I hadn't heard of them bleeding before, and if anyone can shed some light on the situation I would be grateful.
Thanks for any help.