Written by PETA
PETA's Community Animal
Project team got a call from a
man who asked us to euthanize his sick dog, staffers weren't expecting to see
an animal who had been suffering for months—or
possibly even for years.
had mange so severe that she screamed in pain when anyone touched her. She had
likely been chewing on her skin to relieve the itching for so long that she had
developed a bacterial infection that had eroded her teeth. Cordie was also
suffering from a swollen, fluid-filled mass on her ear and a raging yeast
infection. As gently as possible, so as not to hurt her further, we ended her suffering and let her
slip away from this world.
of Cordie's conditions would have been relatively easy to treat if the dog's
owner had taken her to a veterinarian long ago when he first noticed her
symptoms. He told the PETA staffers that he loved his dog but was unemployed
and had had no money for vet care.
for a nonprofit, we understand what it's like to live on a tight budget. We recommend
that everyone do whatever is necessary to plan ahead for emergency veterinary
needs. Putting away even a few dollars a month, buying animal medical insurance, or trying to find a vet who will arrange a payment plan can ensure that animals
don't suffer in a tough economy.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
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