BILL OF RIGHTS FOR PETS
All pets have the right to:
- Be full members of the family. Like people, pets thrive on social interaction, praise and love. Without this pets, like people, will slip into a dull existence and lose the joy of life far too early.
- Stimulation. Pets need new games, new toys, new experiences and new smells to be happy. For a cat this may mean a cat buddy, for a dog this means using your understanding of your dog you’re your creativity to do things that keep them stimulated.
- Regular exercise. Without it they could become hyper, sluggish or overweight. This is true for any age, but as dogs get older it is especially important, just watch you don’t push them past what is reasonable for their aging body.
- Have fun. Pets enjoy fun. And for different pets, that may mean different things. Find out what causes your pet to have fun and give that to them as regular as medicine or food.
- Quality health care. Regular checkups, necessary vaccines and other preventative care will help give them a long and healthy life. The emphasis here is on “Quality”. Be sure you know you are going to the best veterinarian you can find. Check with friends and check their online ratings. The joy of a low vet bill fades fast when you find things were not done correctly, or obvious signs missed.
- A healthy diet. Our pets completely rely on what we give them in terms of diet. Find the very best food you can afford because over a lifetime this can affect how they age, their weight, and their cognitive function and even prevent disease.
- Not be rejected. Some owners require that their pet excel in the show ring or as a watchdog, hunter or babysitter but if the pet does not do well at these things, they “get rid of” the pet. Having a pet is a lifetime commitment regardless of their utilitarian function.
- Receive proper training. The good relationship with your pet could be ruined by confusion and stress because they are not trustworthy even the most basic commands. A well trained and behaved pet is a joy and will not become a danger to itself or others.
- Humane guidance and correction. Training should be humane. Your continued training, guidance and corrections all should be with kindness at the very core of what you do. Rough or abusive training is abuse – no matter how you view it.
- Live with dignity and die with dignity when the time comes. This often means not waiting too long, not ignoring the signs of stress in the dying process, or just hoping for recovery when you know the pet is near the end of its life. Now is the time for the most humane and dignified act of love.