Welfare, Quality of Life, and Euthanasia of Aged Horses

McGowan, Catherine M ORCID: 0000-0002-1946-9584 and Ireland, Joanne L ORCID: 0000-0002-5737-1502
(2016) Welfare, Quality of Life, and Euthanasia of Aged Horses. VETERINARY CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA-EQUINE PRACTICE, 32 (2). 355-+.

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Duration of ownership strengthens the human-horse bond, affecting decision-making about the horse's welfare, quality of life (QoL), and euthanasia. Most owners consider their geriatric horses to have good or excellent QoL; however, increasing age is negatively associated with QoL. Management factors are important. The most common reasons for euthanasia include musculoskeletal disorders or lameness, colic, and nonspecific chronic diseases. The decision to euthanize is difficult, so the advice of the veterinarian and QoL are important. This article focuses on the human-horse bond, assessment of QoL, reasons for euthanasia, and owner experiences of mortality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Geriatric, Human-horse bond, Old age, Grief, Welfare, Mortality
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 14:18
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 07:30
DOI: 10.1016/j.cveq.2016.04.011
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3003144