Animal Welfare in Southington

Animal welfare is an issue that is growing public awareness. The welfare of animals goes beyond possible physical abuse. It is also the animals emotional state . Research shows that animals do have emotions and express themselves when they are happy or sad.

Animal welfare involves consideration and respect for the feelings, safety, and health of all animals. At Apple Valley Vets our vet, Dr. Douglas states: “The behaviors of animals need to be observed in order to ensure that while they are being kept by humans, they’re being treated in a manner that respects and nurtures their wellbeing.”

The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare

Animal behaviorists in Europe and North America have defined the Five Freedoms, which identify what’s necessary for animal welfare. They are:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst: All animals deserve ready access to fresh water and healthy food to maintain good health and vigor.
  2. Freedom from discomfort: All animals need adequate shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  3. Freedom from pain, injury, and disease: As pet owners, it’s our responsibility to ensure pets get wellness care, which includes vaccinations. Veterinary help should always be sought for injured or ill animals.
  4. Freedom to express normal behavior: Pet welfare includes encouraging pets to run, play, eat, sleep and cuddle without cruel or unnecessary constraint.
  5. Freedom from fear and stress: No animal should have to live a stressful life or one filled with fear.

Welfare for All Animals, Not Just Pets

The Five Freedoms apply to all animals, not just pets. Some species have been denied their freedoms due to the action of humans and are or are becoming extinct. If we truly endorse the welfare of animals, we must take care of and respect all animals – wild and domesticated.

Learn More About Animal Welfare from Our Vet in Southington!

We are passionate about animal welfare for all animals. Our Veterinarians Dr. Alan Douglas V.M.D., Eric Rothstein, D.V.M.or Herbert S. Freiman, V.M.D. are fully qualfied to help you with all your pet’s needs. Contact us at 860-628-9635 to find out how you can contribute to the cause of animal welfare.

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