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Animals also have rights.
Animals have rights too, which entitles them to good husbandry and veterinary care. This includes healthy diets, appropriate veterinary care, such as annual vaccinations, deworming, regular health checks and immediate care in the event of pain or injury. Included also is proper accommodation and protection from weather conditions such as extreme heat, cold and thunderstorms. Every effort must be made to provide a correct diet, with appropriate nutritive value, quantity, quality and variety, appropriate to the species age, size, physiological, reproductive and health status. Fresh, clean drinking water should be available at all times. Veterinary or other specialist advice in all aspects of nutrition should be obtained and followed.

The owner must be able to ensure proper welfare which includes: the good physical condition of an animal, normal level of development, growth, prevention of reproduction, and life expectancy. Curative and preventive veterinary medicine should be provided.

The animal must have a safe haven or retreat in which to rest and feel secure. Appropriate shelter must be provided, which is spacious, comfortable and accessible. The animal must experience the following internationally recognized 5 freedoms of animals: freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from pain, injury or disease, freedom from discomfort, freedom from fear and distress and freedom to express normal behavior.

When we decide to have pets we must be willing to enhance their well being, in this way they will live long and comfortable lives and be the best companions.

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