HEALTHY PET EQUALS HEALTHY PEOPLE
Have you ever wonder why we even bother in monitoring and maintaining our pet’s medical records? To fully understand this, medical records in the world of pets means recording all health concerns, vaccines, deworming, last vet check-up appointment, treatments and medications, etc. All pet lovers must know the importance and the rationale behind the medical records keeping for our fur babies. Being a newbie in the world of having pets does not give you an excuse to neglect the health of your pet, it is such a rookie mistake. On the other hand, a veteran is expected to be ignorant no more about the reasons why we must keep track on the health records of our pets. Bear in mind that a veteran was once a rookie. But if you deeply think about it, newbie or veteran, it is just right to keep an eye on your pup or kitty’s health. Needless to say, even as newbie pet owner who truly, deeply, madly loves his or her pet would automatically track down the health concerns of his or her fur baby. Discussed below are the major reasons why we should bother keeping track on the health records of our fur babies.
1.Pet Vet’s Basis
Maintaining the medical records of our pets is very essential. Having fur babies is like having real babies. As parents, we keep track on the medical records of our little kids. This also applies to our little pets. If unwanted occurrences happen such as getting your little pup or kitty sick, rushing them to the vet clinic without medical records as basis will be a recipe for disaster. Having a record on the health issues of your little pet guides the vet in providing prescriptions. Our little pets can only purr and bark but can never talk which makes it hard for the vet to know how they are feeling, what part of their body is aching and when all of this happened. Having medical records can save your pet pal. Letting the pet vet knows what he history of your pet helps him or her to provide the appropriate and accurate treatment and medication for your pet. Pet owners must also understand that every breed of these little furry beasts has its own do’s and don’ts when it comes to their food intake. Noting down the food that are not advisable for them to eat can save the life of your little pup or kitty. Monitor your pet pal as much as possible, to be able to take good care of your pet. Just as what previously mentioned, like raising children, you would want your pets to be the healthiest so you can keep them longer and prevent them from randomly dying.
2.Pets are OHANA
Ohana, from the Hawaiian vocabulary, means family. Our pets are members of the family. They are never just pets. We provide them the love, care and affection that family members give and receive from each other. Once you became the primary caregiver of these adorable beasts, you get attached and vice versa. As the primary caregiver, you would know when the last vaccine, last check-up and/or last deworming, etc. was done which makes it easier for you to know when will be the next appointment to the vet, vaccinations and other medical stuff. As we all know, our pets wander literally anywhere, freely moves inside and outside our houses making them very vulnerable to any bacteria and microbes. Put in mind that this microorganisms carried by our little pets is transmissible to humans which leads to us getting sick as well. Ergo, healthy pet equals healthy people.
3. Animal Welfare
One of the reasons to stay on track of our pet pals’ health is the universal law about animal welfare. Animal welfare is the relationship between a human and an animal. Neglect and abandonment are acts of animal abuse and defying animal welfare thus considered as a crime. In the United States of America and Europe, they recognize the same policies and laws on animal welfare which they called Five Freedoms. (Source: Article Written by Patti Strand, What is Animal Welfare and why is it important?)
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst – by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour.
- Freedom from Discomfort – by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease – by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
- Freedom from Fear and Distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
Be on top of your pet’s health and diet. You should know that the condition of your pet pal reflects what kind of person you are. Having a pet is a big responsibility and obligation. It is not like buying a toy in a store but adopting a baby from an orphanage. Having medical records is a must-have to every pet owners/lovers. Love our little fur babies by noting down every detail of their health issues.