This was something that came to my mind in a meeting with the American Veterinary Medical Association in Washington DC a few years back. It’s also something that is not something that I expect to be asked this question.
The question of whether or not to kill your own dog came up in a meeting in the US earlier this week when a very brave dog owner called to say that she had lost her own dog to suicide two years ago. She was a dog walker.
Suicide in dogs is a really, very serious issue for us in America. It is especially tragic because of the fact that many of the people involved in bringing animals into the care of people have done so without any veterinary advice. They are told what to do by a human veterinarian, but they don’t get to know what really makes them uncomfortable and how to help them, while still trying to be humane with the dogs. It is a very stressful and traumatic life for these patients and not something you want to know about if you have children around to look after.
So please, the animal welfare movement should stand up and speak out about this, not just because it is a public health issue, but because it is an issue that the nation – our children – will benefit from, as well. If you are a dog walker, this is an issue that you need to take a stand on, because you must. I hope so.
But please don’t forget that this problem is not an isolated issue for our dogs, for us, and this is an issue that needs a national solution. The fact that America, the US, is the only major industrialised and developed nation in the world to do anything other than fully support it’s domestic dog population needs to be addressed. It is a moral issue that many people find distressing, and it also needs a national commitment, and hopefully some government intervention.
It doesn’t have to be a dog owner who should be killing their dog. It can be a dog walking professional or other professionals who care for animals, but must get out of the dog walker’s way. A dog owner who kills their own dog is a sad and sad thing, but it need not be that way. So, the first step we need to take is to ask all dog owners in America why they do what they do, and for whom. A lot of the time people are not honest about why they do what they do, and therefore in some ways we must be careful not to be so strict as to
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