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ANIMLA WELFARE AND WHAT IS IT ABOUT!

Owning an animal can be very rewarding; it however comes with enormous responsibility. You (the owner) are now in-charge of the welfare and well-being of your pet. You must now provide for this animal. As such there are five freedoms by which all owners should aspire to adhere to; to promote a better quality of life for your pets.

 

FREEDOM FROM HUNGER AND THIRST

All animals should have access to clean drinking water at all times and be fed daily. Pet chows are the most beneficial foods available for your animals as they are formulated to meet their dietary requirements. Most owners will opt to feed home-cooked food, which lacks the nutritional content required for proper growth and health of your animals. If you can only feed cooked food we advise you supplement their diet with multivitamins. Please visit a vet today to get further nutritional advice.

 

FREEDOM FROM PAIN, INJURY AND DISEASE

Vaccination, de-worming and regular visits to your veterinarian are key factors in ensuring your pet is safe from disease. Where disease or injury has occurred, a prompt visit to the vet is essential for swift diagnosis and treatment.

 

FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND DISTRESS

Animals should not be placed into environments which promote distress and mental suffering. Some examples are:-

·         Physically or verbally abusive owners

·         Lack of mental stimulation

·         Constant presence of fearful stimuli (noise, unfriendly housemates etc.)

 

FREEDOM FROM DISCOMFORT

Animals should be housed in an area that meets their comfort level. Housing should protect them from the environment (sun and rain) and should have enough space to lie down comfortably, stand, sit and walkabout in. There should be adequate spacing for kenneled animals for passing of urine and stool.

 

FREEDOM TO EXPRESS BEHAVIORS THAT PROMOTE WELL-BEING

Socialization is needed for the proper mental health of your pet. Be it with people, other animals their age or toys, appropriate and supervised socialization should be a part of your pets’ daily routine. Their environment should also be stimulating as to avoid frustration e.g. addition of toys or grass.

 

Because the health and well-being of our furry companions are our priority, we at the

TTSPCA Tobago Animal Shelter and Clinic are here to provide the necessary advice or aid where necessary. We aim to educate all pet owners so as to provide a better quality of life for our four-legged friends. If you require further information, assistance or have questions for us, you can contact us at 639-2567 or email us at ttspcatobago@mail.com. For emergencies you can contact us at 308-0219.


Author: Veterinary Clinician at TTSPCA Tobago Clinic, Kalidia Millette DVM.
Last Updated: 2018-06-12T19:47:46.312Z