Having a dog: a privilege that comes with responsibilities

Having a dog: a privilege that comes with responsibilities

With the curfew, having a dog has become the “new privilege” in vogue since you can walk outside with him within a radius of 1 km from the house from 8 pm to 5 am. It probably makes some people want one, doesn’t it? If so, refrain your ardor and read this.

The “privilege” of having a dog in the midst of a pandemic also comes with many responsibilities. Perhaps we should conceive of the adoption of a dog as a marriage contract: you have to think carefully about it before saying “yes”, because we will have to be there for better or for worse, life to death. ! And this dog’s life lasts an average of 12 or 14 years. The best thing about a dog is all the little pleasures and privileges that we will have every day, like going for a walk during curfew, but …

If you currently envy those who have a dog, think of the many times you have to take him out, for his needs, in less winning conditions: early in the morning or late in the evening, in the pouring rain or at a temperature of -30 ° C … A life of self-sacrifice! Not always so hot only that, if you think about it. But there is worse !

The worst part is the money you have to invest over time and the time you have to devote to it each day for its vital, social, and physical needs. The worst part is the holidays that sometimes have to be postponed when you can’t find a guard or a place that accepts dogs. The worst part are the social opportunities missed because you have to come home to take care of the dog.

Adopting a dog also means taking care of his health. There are many veterinary recommendations in this regard: vaccination, deworming, sterilization, maintenance of teeth, annual veterinary follow-up, etc. Not only do you have to budget for this, but you also need to plan for another in the event of illness or accident.

Adopting a dog also means ensuring that it will not be a nuisance to health and public safety. In this context, there are various legal obligations to be foreseen (fitting of a microchip, sterilization, appropriate leash and harness, fences, etc.) and ethical recommendations to be considered (canine education courses, rabies vaccines , dewormers against certain zoonotic parasites, etc.).

In Quebec, thanks to the Animal Welfare and Safety Act, animals are now considered sentient beings with biological imperatives. The owner must take proper care of his animal and ensure that his needs are met. He must make sure to offer his protege food, shelter, comfort, affection, physical, mental and social activities, etc.

And all of this comes at a price. Including all of the dog’s essential and complementary needs, each year of the dog’s life would cost his owner just over $ 3,000. The pandemic will not last forever. While the idea of ​​having a dog is tempting, stay away from the whim and don’t “sign” that marriage contract too quickly.

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