Perspective: Surviving the ups and downs of pets


As someone who grew up in a family that cherishes pets as part of the family, I have developed a passion for animals and their well-being. I have observed pets and their relationship with their owners through my own experiences as well as my experience as caregivers in a veterinary clinic. I can say with confidence that animals have complex relationships with their families.

Seeing how a dog’s face lights up when he knows he is coming home to his family is one of the many joys of my job at the veterinary clinic. I have seen how other families cherish their pets as part of the family just like me. When it comes to having a pet, most owners would go to great lengths to ensure their pet is happy and healthy. Humans may have many pets in their lifetime, but a pet will normally only have one true owner in its lifetime. This makes having a pet in the family even more rewarding, but the loss is much more difficult.

I had the unfortunate experience of having my own cat die in my arms while going to the emergency vet. To say my family was just sad after that would be an understatement. Every passing day is not the same when someone is missing from your life, and that applies to the four-legged members of the family as well. I strongly believe that the relationships we have with our pets are as complex as our relationships with humans, because at the end of the day, we treat our pets like family and our lives wouldn’t be the same without them.

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