- Aug 1, 2007
I thought about this today while sitting in the dentist office with my nails dug into the armrest waiting for the dr. to come torture me. I overheard somebody talking about thier dog's health and it made me think about how modern medicine has really changed our lives. It has not just improved the quality of our own(human) lives but it has greatly improved the lives of other species of animals, especially our pets. Sometimes it's hard not to laugh at the extreme measures we take to keep our beloved...or not so beloved pets alive. Twenty years ago we wouldn't have dreamed of doing some of the things that we do now. Sometimes I wonder if it's really the RIGHT thing. I personally have an aging dog that is my constant companion. He currently has to take over six pills a day to stay alive (congestive heart failure), he has to wear a diaper when he's in the house and I fill him full of doggy cough syrup narcotics so that he doesn't cough all night long. He still acts like he's five years old but his body is a wreck and he doesn't feel any pain. Sometimes I think one of us is crazy! Twenty years ago pets in this situation would either already be dead or we would have put them down long ago. So is modern medicine a good thing?