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Geriatric Care for Aged Animals…

October 28, 2014

Updated Nov 18, 2014

Good to know this:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/article6605630.ece

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http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/blogs/blogs-the-copernican/article5892997.ece

One reason I am not having a pet is, I am worried whether I would be able to give proper geriatric care to the pet I might adopt. I have seen dogs suffer from arthritis, diabetes, cancer etc. If its a male dog, taking him to the vet clinic for routine mating is a must. Female dogs are no saints either but are manageable to an extent. My friends who have pets do it regularly. Another heartless thing we have to do is, getting the female pets sterilized. Some do it after 1-2 litters. A relative did it to the female pet when she was a puppy. I used to think that was cruel. Akin to removing your womb when you haven’t had your baby. Female dogs have the same biological functions like any of us normal women. Cleaning up the mess every month is another thing you have to be prepared for. All this apart from toilet training habits. Morning and evening walks is another regular exercise we have to be prepared for.

Some of my friends and relatives tirelessly do it all. Those who have pets have not taken vacation in years for the sake of their pets, don’t even leave home during weekends to eat out. Some have gone for male pets to avoid the extra care we have to provide for female pets. But some opted for female pets for the only reason, they can be brought under control if denied mating.

I was kind of doubtful whether I would be able to look after my pet so very sincerely like this – treating him/her as an equal life. Its not just about giving him/her the food. Its about giving your dog the other basic, necessary care.

A PET IS A LIFETIME COMMITMENT. FROM FEEDING HIM/HER TO GROOMING TO TAKING CARE OF HIS/HER MATING NEEDS TO CARING FOR YOUR PET’S HEALTH IN RAIN & SHINE, UNLESS OTHERWISE WE ARE PREPARED TO GIVE OUR 100% TO THE ANIMAL, WE SHOULD NOT GO FOR ADOPTION OF ONE. WE CAN INSTEAD LEAVE THE SERVICE TO PETA/SPCA/BLUECROSS ETC AND SERVE AS A SPONSOR.

Of all the care which is most important is this geriatric care – which is tending to your pet in his/her old age.

Dog 10 years is equal to human 90 years. We have to keep that in mind and expect the aging process to start by 7-8-9th year.

My relatives are excellent providers of such care. Now we have vet nurseries to take care our pet if we are to go on holiday etc. Chennai has half a dozen atleast. So even if we have to go abroad, we can trust a good paid nursery to take care of our pet in our absence, that won’t be an issue.

But it is doing justice to our pet in the old age that is most important. Treating him/her as the elderly in our family is crucial. Neglecting our pet in his/her old age or resorting to abandoning is unthinkable crime/sin. Cruelty without a par.

ANIMALS & BIRDS HAVE DIGNITY TOO. JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE DEFENCELESS AND CANNOT ARGUE THEIR CASES, IT DOES NOT MEAN WE CAN HAVE OUR WAY WITH THEM. PLANET EARTH IS AS MUCH THEIRS AS OURS. THEY ARE EQUAL LIVING CREATURES IN THE WORLD WITH YOU AND ME. TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT AND AFFECTION THEY DESERVE. THEY CAN LOVE AND THEY CAN FEEL PAIN TOO.

In Ooty and Kodai, I saw many aged horses roaming the streets. I was told, once the thoroughbred horses got too old for the racing circuit and too old even to be fit for any joyrides with tourists by the lake, they were turned loose by the owners to fend for themselves. Similar is the case with injured animals. Indians/Hindus have no heart to shoot dead the aging suffering animals/pets. But it is alright to abandon them just like that. That doesn’t seem to hurt our collective conscience. May be some of us would do it to our parents, And may be our children would do it to us as return favour who knows. But sometimes I think Euthanasia is a far better option than abandoning your trusted pets at large.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/once-a-blazing-star-now-it-dies-on-the-road/article2855665.ece

So when this is the case with pet animals, think of the beasts of the jungle.

For years I have wondered about how the aging elephants, lions and tigers in this country are faring. Are they fed proper? Are they provided with essential geriatric care, in case they are domesticated…. Ofcourse, we need not have to tend to the wild animals in the forest reserves/sanctuaries. Nature takes care of them. When domesticated, even the King of the Forest the Lion and our national animal the Tiger, get humbled that it hurts your soul. Enormously pleased to read this one in my newspaper:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chen-society/article6535626.ece

Its heartening to note that the lions and tigers are aging in Vandalur with dignity, tended with good care. Really brings a tear to my eyes.

Animals too have retirement age, old age. Let them live out theirs in peace and dignity dear Indian ctiizens. 

God Bless India! So many, many things are wrong here but there are a few things absolutely RIGHT, which is why I love this nation of mine so much. Caring for the lesser fortunate – attending to the weakest living beings that cannot defend themselves: this is a proof of what kind of society we are. What kind of people we are…

 

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We were discussing holiday plans and my husband asked me where I wanted to go.

‘Anywhere overseas? We never seem to take a tour abroad. How about Turkey or Europe on rails?’ he said.

I said, I had 3 choices – Thailand or Sri Lanka, then Kenya or Tanzania (in case of a foreign tour) and Kerala (as usual). Air Asia operates out of Chennai which boasts of most economical rates.

Son interjected, ‘In short daddy, she wants to see the Thai elephant or Sri lankan elephant or Kerala elephant during holidays!!’

Husband said, ‘Thai elephant gazing will cost me 1.5 lacs as package for 3, Sri lankan elephant is 1.00 lac including airfares, and even Kerala elephant costs 40,000 bucks if we want a 5 star resort for 4nights-5 days! African elephants are most expensive of all!!!’

‘Better we go to Pondicherry cheap & best Daddy, it will be easy on your pocket. Amma can see the temple elephants there! Club Mahindra & Sterling are there so we have to pay only for food & petrol to drive!’

Ever since I am laughing. The way the men read my mind. I am shocked they just laid bare what I was actually hoping for in the bottom of my heart: of that of seeing Thai elephant or Sri lankan elephant or Kerala elephant lolz.  Ebola ruled out the African elephant for me. Elephant was something I was planning besides other things! Going to any place without wild life sounds so boring.

‘Why didn’t you marry an elephant?!’ said my husband.

We have since shelved all our holiday plans – 2014 will go down as a holidayless year in many years. We are waiting for our son to get through his masters’ admission. Until then we are keeping our fingers crossed. And I have said ‘yes’ to temple elephants finally. Even Vandalur, the city zoo will do! Actually there are many national parks within India – so many, many wildlife sanctuaries where we can spot wild elephants or tigers or even lions if we are lucky. Kabini, Ranthambore, Sundarbans – we really want to go to all these places… India is truly a colourful magic carpet that can transport you anywhere you like. Easy on our budget. Lets see.

‘Her first love is elephant and she has to see her love atleast once an year’ said my husband last night to son. I am not pressing for anything. I know the kind of commitments we have queued up for in next 2-3 years. Till then, I am ok for watching my love daily in You Tube lolz.

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Now leaving to the doctor with my MIL lolz. Editing later 🙂 Hope I get a DIL like me 🙂

 

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