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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

If you have additional questions, please contact Just Passing.


WHAT IS YOUR SERVICE AREA?

Based at Calgary, Alberta, Just Passing end of life services are available throughout Western Canada.  We now have representatives serving the Edmonton area, Central and Northern Alberta, too.

Contact Just Passing for more detailed information, scheduling, and rates in your area.  Ask if local rates apply at your location.

Just Passing  transports horses anywhere in Western Canada and assists in making inter-liner arrangements for cross-border transport.  Contact Just Passing about Custom Transport for rates and availability.


WHAT KIND OF TRAILERS DO WE USE TO TRANSPORT HORSES?

Just Passing has a top-quality 6-horse angle-haul trailer, which is used for transporting live horses.  We also have three large stock trailers, 20' to 24', each equipped with a winch, to assist us in gently and discreetly removing deceased horses.  


HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN IT IS TIME TO CONSIDER EUTHANASIA?


This is one of the toughest questions of all and Greg Alexander is always available to discuss this with you.  The answer and the situation are different with every horse.

Discussing all possible alternatives with Greg, friends, family, and your veterinarian will help you feel more comfortable with your decision.
 


WILL THE HORSE BE TRANQUILIZED PRIOR TO EUTHANASIA?

Only your vet is authorized to administer tranquilizer to the horse, and if it is necessary, they may use it as part of the euthanasia process.  Tranquilizer is not usually necessary or used when Just Passing is conducting the procedure.


WHAT HAPPENS AT THE TIME OF THE HORSE'S DEATH?


Veterinary-assisted euthanasia is usually provided on farm.  There may be times that trailering the horse to the vet's clinic is required.

The lethal dose of sedative is adminstered by syringe or catheter.  The drug takes effect over the course of several minutes.

Alternately, Just Passing provides humane euthanasia using a small caliber firearm in a safe and discreet manner. Death is immediate.


HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN THE LIFE SPIRIT HAS LEFT THE HORSE'S PHYSICAL BODY?

The last conscious reflex is the ability to blink.  When the eye is unresponsive to physical stimulation, such as touch, we know that the horse has gone.
 

In the final moments, a number of anatomical changes take place, as the body shuts down.  Your horse may move its legs or head, as muscles spasm and contract.  It may even breathe deeply.  These are expected reflexes and don’t mean that your horse is in pain or is suffering.


WILL THE HORSE BE DISFIGURED?

A small caliber rifle is used which usually leaves a small 1 cm entry hole.  It does not usually leave an exit hole. Some blood may be expelled from the horse's nose and mouth, and from the bullet hole.


DOES THE OWNER HAVE TO BE PRESENT WHEN THE HORSE IS EUTHANIZED?

Some owners choose to stay while the vet and/or the Just Passing representative complete the process.  For your safety, always follow their instructions. 

If you prefer, you can say your final goodbyes and then trust Just Passing to treat your horse with compassion, dignity, and respect.


WILL IT AFFECT THE OTHER HORSES?


When a horse is seperated from the herd for euthanasia, the separation can be very stressful for all the horses.  When euthanasia is conducted on-site in full view of the herd, it has been our experience that the other horses may gather close to the barn or paddock and communicate with each other.  After a brief period, they will disperse, sensing that the euthanized horse has passed.


THE HORSE IS ALREADY DECEASED.  CAN WE REMOVE THE BODY?

Yes, please contact Just Passing immediately at 403-680-4177 or toll free at 1-844-680-4177 for expedited service


WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR THE HORSE'S REMAINS?

Just Passing
provides the following options:

-- Cremation by the Calgary Humane Society or Mountain View Pet Crematorium.  Additional agreement with the crematorium of choice is required and fees will apply.

--  Burial at an appropriate landfill site.

--  Donation for education purposes*

* limited availability
- horse must have had a natural death or been euthanized  by rifle
- horse's medical history and work life to be provided
- horse conformation pictures preferred.

Should the owner choose to dispose of the body yourself, you must know and follow strict provincial guidelines for large animal disposal.  Read the regulations here: www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/Regs/2014_132.pdf

Owners considering this option are responsible for learning and following all provincial guidelines; and Just Passing is released from all responsibility.

Greg will gladly discuss which options are best-suited for you and your horse. 

Contact Just Passing if you have any other questions or concerns.

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