FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
If you have additional questions, please contact Just Passing.
WHAT IS OUR SERVICE AREA?
Based at Calgary, Alberta, Just Passing transports horses anywhere in Western Canada and assists in making inter-liner arrangements for cross-border transport.
Just Passing end of life services are also available throughout Western Canada. Contact Just Passing for more detailed information if you are located outside of Alberta.
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. A large stock trailer, equipped with a winch, is used for 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 usually requires trailering the horse to the vet's clinic, though some vets may provide on-site euthanasia for an additional fee.
Several cc's of medication are introduced and take effect over the course of several minutes.
Alternately, Just Passing provides humane euthanasia using a small caliber firearm. Death is immediate.
HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN THE LIFE SPIRIT HAS LEFT THE HORSE'S PHYSICAL BODY?
The horse's eye is very sensitive and 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. Your horse may move its legs or head, as muscles spasm and contract for a few minutes. If your vet is inducing the drugs, the horse may even breathe deeply several times. These are 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. A small amount of blood may be expelled from the horse's nose and mouth.
DOES THE OWNER HAVE TO BE PRESENT WHEN THE HORSE IS EUTHANIZED?
Some owners chose to stay while the vet and/or Greg complete the process. For your safety, always follow their instructions.
If you prefer, you can say your final goodbyes and then trust Greg to treat your horse with compassion, dignity, and respect.
WILL IT AFFECT THE OTHER HORSES?
When a horse is taken to the vet's for euthanasia, the separation can be very stressful for the other horses. When euthanasia is conducted on-site by Just Passing, 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 Greg immediately at 403-680-4177 for expedited service.
WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR THE HORSE'S REMAINS?
Just Passing provides the following options:
-- Cremation by the Calgary Humane Society (Additional agreement with the SPCA is required and fees apply.)
-- "Cycle of Life" at the appropriate place
-- Burial at a designated Pet Cemetary
-- Burial at an appropriate landfill site
-- Disposal at Alberta Processing for rendering
Greg will gladly discuss which options are best-suited for you and your horse.
Contact Just Passing if you have any more questions.
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