The Fergus Veterinary Hospital publishes a clinic Mission Statement and Statement of Ethics based on Animal WelfareTo establish statements and ethical goals, we have relied on the works of several scientists. This includes professor Brambell, who was involved in the utilization of animal welfare research that provided scientific, verifiable and repeatable criteria that could be used to determine what is fact and what is fiction regarding animal welfare.
The Fergus Veterinary Hospital is here for purpose of:
Making lives better!
All our actions, recommendations, services and products have to do the best possible to achieve this purpose.
If we provide the best care possible, and provide you with the tools and information necessary, then we can say that each of the freedoms that pets deserve to enjoy will be met.
The 6 freedoms all pets deserve!
1. Freedom from hunger and thirst
2. Freedom from discomfort
3. Freedom to express normal behavior
4. Freedom from fear and distress
5. Freedom from disease, inflammation, injury, and pain
6. Freedom to play, enjoy life and feel well
Freedom from hunger and thirst
This means that there is a supply of quality water available to meet their needs.
It means that quality nutrition is available to keep the metabolism and the weight / body condition score of the patient at an optimal level. Please remember this freedom is not an excuse to overfeed because being overweight contradicts the next 5 freedoms.
Freedom from discomfort
This is a lot about choice. They need the choice to use a cushioned bed or not, the choice to go into the warmth or seek out a cool spot to rest, to avoid drafts, to avoid food or water at extreme temperatures, and to be vigorous and athletic if they wish or relaxed and quiet. Another perspective would be to avoid the extremes of ambient light, sound, temperature, and so on.
Freedom to express normal behavior
They need the freedom for cats to be cats and dogs to be dogs. Exercise, play, puzzle solving, licking, sniffing, sleeping arrangements, and even bathroom habits need to respect the natural behaviors of our companions.
Freedom from fear and distress
Like all emotional beings our pets are stressed when they are exposed to stimuli or situations that they cannot control or escape from. Fireworks, thunderstorms, predators (real or imagined) , isolation and loneliness are all potential triggers of distress. Pain or the fear of pain would also apply here.
Freedom from disease, inflammation, injury, and pain
Most of us are well aware of the use of vaccines to prevent diseases like Rabies, Distemper and Parvo. (among many others) These are but the tip of the preventable diseases to which our pets are exposed to from birth onwards. Knowledge and tools that were unheard of even 5 years ago can be exploited to reduce pain, cancer, tooth loss, allergies, arthritis, heart disease, premature aging and thus preserve the quality of life.
Freedom to play, enjoy a long life and feel well
If you have followed through this list of freedoms, we have tried to build the image of a companion, enthusiastic, energetic, athletic, alert, playful, curious, reassured, confident, and capable of living that life without suffering from disease. To contract a fatal preventable disease like Rabies is a horrible event. To contract a nonfatal painful preventable disease like periodontal disease (causes teeth to loosen and eventually rot out of the mouth) is equally a horrible event. That one kills and the other causes years of suffering should not make either acceptable.
Concerned About Pain , So Are We!
This fear can be managed, See Nigel get vaccines without noticing.