Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard cub (7 mos old) - Cape May County Zoo

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

If You Could Not Breathe For 3 days...

..what would you do? Yeah, seems like a silly question right? I mean, would you sit at home and stare at your TV? Or might you think about heading into the ER during day 1-2? 

Yeah, I think I'd head in fairly close to a few hours into respiratory distress. Ahh..but if you have a pet with these same signs??? You'd wait a few days, right? 

Ok, how about if you were vomiting and not eating for a week? Would you think nothing of it? You would be concerned?! What? Are you kidding me? 

Listen, I admit, today I am a bit bothered ok? Not having money and not "knowing" anything about pets is not an excuse. Think of YOU - how would you feel if you or your child were experiencing these very same symptoms?

And while in both cases, the prognosis was grave, a few days, a few weeks, a few regular vet check ups ago, it was NOT. 

Please, understand - having a pet is a responsibility, a life long commitment, an expense and yes, a luxury - NOT  a right! 

Both of these animals died - humanely. Their suffering was ended. Did they have to die when they did? No.  Their conditions may have been ultimately fatal but not necessarily in the fashion that they were. We can intervene and often prolong with excellent quality of life...if..IF we know. 

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