Sunday, July 24, 2011

Putting a dog down because it's going blind?

I saw a question from a reader in today's paper, inquiring if he/she should consider having a pet dog euthanized just because the animal is losing its sight. That's got to be the dumbest excuse ever!

Anyway, the vet answering the question explained that such dogs develop their own mindmaps to compensate for the loss of sight and do fine, provided that the owner doesn't change things around by moving stuff around or placing a new obstacle in the dog's path. There is simply no excuse for euthanizing a loyal pet who has done nothing wrong and doesn't deserve to be put down all because its stupid owner refused to use common sense. And if the owner didn't want the dog, he or she should have tried to place it in the care of someone else, such as with a family member or friend.

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