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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:49 pm    Post subject: Why are people this way? Reply with quote

I had to take my cat to the vet's office today for booster shots and a Rabies shot. While I was there I started thinking about a conversation I had with someone a few weeks ago.

This girl has dogs, cats and horses. When I told her I had to take the cat in for shots, she told me she never takes her animals in for checkups or to get shots. She said they go in for Rabies shots, and that's it. No Distemper, no Leukemia or FIV, no heartworm tests and pills, nothing. She said she doesn't even bother giving them to them at home. (Most farm and fleet stores and pet stores carry vaccines and the syringes were you can administer shots at home. My uncle is a farmer and does stuff like that because it's cheaper for him to do it rather than take the animal to vet.) She said most people probably think that's cruel (It is, actually.), but to her if they get sick, it's more or less "Oh well!"

She's not the first person who's told me this, either. I've had others tell me they do the same thing, and they're surprised when I tell them my dog and cat go and get shots every summer. It makes me sad to think that anybody could do that. To most people pets like dogs and cats are like kids, and I know I could never have a kid and not do everything I could to make sure that kid was healthy and safeguarded from fatal diseases. The same goes for my dog and cat. There's vaccines for diseases for a reason, and I couldn't live with myself if either one of them got sick from a disease that was easily preventable but I didn't do anything to make sure they were protected from it.

I know they hate having it done, as my cat expressed this morning in the car while driving to and from the vet's office, but I'd rather have a mad animal for a couple of hours as opposed to a sick or dead one.

I just don't understand how anyone could do something like that. If it's because they can't afford to have any of that done, then they probably shouldn't have pets. I've always done the best I could to take care of my animals, and I think to do any less than that is cruel.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a shame. Many people don't understand that having a pet involves the same kind of responsibilities as having a small kid, in the sense that the pet depends on you for everything. I agree, if people isn't ready to take full responsibility for their animals, they shouldn't have pets in the first place.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate people who believe pets are expendable. Dogs and cats are just as important as children in my family, and they should be treated that way.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my dog was a member of the family she didn't know she was a dog.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rebekah 10 wrote:
my dog was a member of the family she didn't know she was a dog.


The same goes for all of my pets. I just don't understand how people can do that. Pets give so much to us and we should take responsibility for them and do everything we can to keep them healthy so they'll be happy. They're just like people; they're irreplaceable.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some people don't even give shots to their kids so...

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

superyo wrote:
Some people don't even give shots to their kids so...


That's true. Hum... I always had mine. (Kids have to have some basic ones to be able to go to school over here, like the Measles, Mumps and Rubella shot, Tetanus, Chicken Pox, and Hepatitis shots. The only exceptions to these are if the child is allergic to anything in the vaccines and it's documented by a doctor, or, in the case of the Chicken Pox vaccine, the child has already had the Chicken Pox, since the Chicken Pox is usually just a one time thing and then you're immune to the virus.) I hated getting them, but I got them, anyway, since it was required. However, last year I discovered I'm allergic to the adult Tetanus shots and I can never get any form of a Tetanus shot again, which is really rare because only like one in every 1,000 people is so allergic to the shot they can never get it again. I found out about this when I went to the ER after slicing my finger on some faulty equipment at work and was given a Tetanus shot there. My whole arm from my shoulder down to my elbow was completely swollen, bright red, bumpy, hot and hard for about three days after I got that shot, and the doctor that was supposed to treat me for my finger actually ended up treating me more for the shot than he did my finger. He said I can't get any more of them, and I'm lucky I didn't end up back in the ER due to difficulty of breathing because of the reaction to the shot. He said it's pretty much a life and death situation for me, as just getting one shot of the stuff could turn deadly. Surpris He said if I really do need to get a Tetanus shot, there are other vaccines that will work just as good without all the complications. So I'm good for the next nine years, and after that I'm done. The funny thing is, I even told the ER doctor I had had one done in the last ten years (I did, too. Had it done when I was 17, and I was 25 last summer when the accident happened.) and told her I didn't need one, but she didn't listen, go figure. (You have to know and understand most of the doctors in my area. The same hospital I was at tried to kill my uncle when he was sick several years ago instead of sending him to a different hospital that could help him. They're not very well respected here.)

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't know we could be allergic to that Surpris

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can'st stand it when ppl neglect their animals! I watch animal cops on the animal channel and sometimes wish those ppl who neglect/abuse their animals could get treated the same way

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For a lot of those AP shows about abusive situations get me too emotional, to the point where I can't watch them a lot, as I tend to get so angered I'd wish death to those who inflict cruelty like that. It boils me inside that there are ignorants out there who don't realize that are just as much animals as our furry counterparts, and that nonhuman animals can feel like humans do.


I used to think my aunt and uncle went to lengths for their last dog who passed the Christmas before last, with how they spoke of her and such, but I recently learned something about her last days that left me really disgusted with them [I've already lost respect for them so there wasn't much left for them from me]. It turned out they were too bothered by her suffering on the carpet [too afraid to wreck the carpet I hear Feu ] that the poor thing suffered out of doors the rest of her time just to keep those carpets clean. They have a 2 year old lab I fear tso much for, and with how they take care of their chickens...They're not the animal people I thought they were. Chickens are dumb creatures; so they house them in a pen where they could easily be snatched and are too lazy to put a proper roof over top the enclosure; It's not the chickens who are stupid here Fou

Sorry to rant and rave, animal abuse hits me very hard emotionally, and when its people I know who are that irresponsible, it burns me. Feu I feel bad having to yell at my cat for his being over insistent to wanting to go outside, but he doesn't understand what dangers are really out there since he's not an outdoors cat. I know he loves me regardless though Sourire He always loves being in my company.
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