Have you heard about the 5 freedoms for animals?

This may not be surgery-related, but I thought it was relevant to pet lovers.

Have you ever heard about the 5 freedoms for animals?

1. Freedom from hunger & thirst. Pets should have easy access to food and fresh water to maintain health and vigor.

2. Freedom from discomfort. This includes a safe environment to rest and feel sheltered.

3. Freedom from pain, injury and disease. This can be done through prevention, or when there is a medical condition, through prompt diagnosis and treatment.

4. Freedom to express normal behavior. This is accomplished by providing enough space, appropriate facilities, and in some cases, company of the animal’s own kind.

5. Freedom from  fear & distress. Mental suffering is avoided by providing appropriate  living conditions and proper treatment.

Interestingly, this applies to all animals: pets, zoo animals, and wild animals.

Even though this was not the original intention, I believe that the 5 freedoms are also helpful to determine the quality of life of a pet who may be at the end of his life…

Dr. Phil Zeltzman

Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a mobile veterinary surgeon and award-winning author who’d like to share his adventures in practice along with information about veterinary medicine that can really help your pets. Sign up to get an email when he updates his blog, and follow him on Facebook, too!