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  • What Makes a Pet Happy?

    Have you ever wondered what makes a pet happy? Or whether your pet actually is happy? You may have never really considered it, or even taken it for granted that your pet is happy because he or she is well looked after? The British Veterinary Association (BVF) Animal Welfare Foundation has produced a leaflet designed to help vets ensure pet owners meet the levels of care that the Animal Welfare Act will enshrine in law next year.

    The leaflet, entitled 'What makes my pet happy?' asks pet owners to consider the Five Freedoms when considering this. The Five Freedoms focus on keeping your pet free of pain, injury and disease as well as living conditions and keeping your pet free of discomfort as well as having a good diet.

    The leaflet urges pet owners to change the way they look after their pets if they are failing on one of the freedoms. And it also urges pet owners to consult their veterinary practice for help if they are unsure whether they are meeting the Five Freedoms or if they need help making changes.

    The most difficult of the freedoms to satisfy is whether your pet is free to express normal behaviour. This can be subjective and also depend on the particular type of pet you have. But the leaflet maintains that some behaviours, even amongst domesticated pets, are so important to that patricular animal that they will suffer if they can't perform it.

    The best way to make sure that you are staying within these new guidelines is to consult your vet. Ans the BVA maintains that a happier pet makes for a happier pet owner too.

    Pet insurance is vital for you and your pet. Protect yourself from high vet bills and get the best healthcare for your pet. To get a quote click here.

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