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Pets being valued for their companionship is greater than them being treated as a property. This is where responsible pet ownership comes in

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It is fortunate that pets are now recognized as individuals in their own right. Some even treat them as extended members of the family.

Pets being valued for their companionship is greater than them being treated as a property. This is where responsible pet ownership comes in.

Owning a pet implies a number of inherent duties and obligations which should encompass their overall health and welfare. The OIE, World Organization for Animal Health, defines animal welfare as “the physical and mental state of an animal in relation to the conditions in which it lives and dies.”

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PETS are entitled to proper hygiene.

 

Animal welfare is said to be comprised of “Five Freedoms.” They are as follows:

1)Freedom from hunger and thirst by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor. Pet’s nutrient requirement change depending on their age and lifestyle.

2)Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area. Store any medication and dangerous food away.

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3) Freedom from pain, inury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment. Regular check-ups are a must.

4)Freedom to express normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind. Create a safe space for them in your home.

5) Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering. Make sure to closely monitor their medical needs.

The OIE, World Organization for Animal Health, defines animal welfare as ‘the physical and mental state of an animal in relation to the conditions in which it lives and dies.’

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HYDRATION is important for pets.

“Five Freedoms” is globally recognized as a standard in animal welfare and was developed in 1965 in response to a United Kingdom report on Intensive Livestock Husbandry Systems. The organzations of Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had a hand in its formation.

Despite it being the foundation for owners to treat pets humanely, “Five Freedoms” is still vague — animals can still suffer cruelty and mistreatment. Yet, there is still hope. Change starts in you. Help make the world a better place by caring and loving your pets for the remainder of its life.

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