2. We have the right to stimulation. We need new games, new toys, new experiences, and new smells to be happy.
3. We have the right to regular excerise. Without it, we could become hyper, sluggish... or fat.
4. We have the right to have fun. We enjoy acting like clowns
now and then; don't expect us to be predictable all the time.
5. We have the right to quality health care. Please stay good friends with our vet!
6. We have the right to a proper diet. Like some people, we don't know what's best for us. We depend on you.
7. We have the right not to be rejected because of your expectations that we be great show dogs, watchdogs, hunters, or babysitters.
8. We have the right to receive proper training. Otherwise, our good relationship could be marred by confusion and strife and we could become dangerous to ourselves and others.
9. We have the right to guidance and correction based on understanding and compassion, rather than abuse.
10. We have the right to live with dignity...and to die with dignity when the time comes.
Despite tremendous advances in veterinary medicine, many people still face the difficult decision to euthanize a geriatric or seriously ill pet.
According to American Humane (Denver), approximately 9.6 million animals are euthanized annually in the United States.
While some are put down due to overcrowding in shelters, others are euthanized due to sickness, injury or age.
Some companions die naturally, without the need for human intervention. Others suffer, no longer able to enjoy their lives. As their guardians and caregivers, we must be prepared to intervene.
Pomerance suggests five points that owners should consider when trying to decide whether to end an aging pet's life
1- Can the pet walk on its own? How much pain does the pet experience when walking?
2- How well can the pet see and hear? What are the prospects of these senses improving?
3- Is there irreversible and/or life impairing organ damage?
4- Is humane veterinary treatment available?
5- Is incontinence an unsolvable problem?
If the answers to these questions lead the owner to believe that his or her pet is suffering, euthanasia may be the most compassionate, humane decision.