3- Freedom from Pain, Injury, and Disease

Welcome back to our Five Freedom series! This week we will be covering the third of the Five Freedoms: The Freedom from Pain, Injury, and Disease. This freedom is all about preventing health issues in domestic animals, and rapidly diagnosing and treating them when they do occur. Read the following blog with your students to learn more.

If you fell down and hurt your arm would happen? You’d likely tell an adult and they may recommend seeing a doctor to make sure your arm isn’t broken. When our pets or farm animals get hurt, they need medical treatment just as you would, except they would see a specialized doctor for animals, a veterinarian.

Veterinarians have special training that helps them determine what is causing pain in animals, which is a pretty tough job since animals can’t tell them what hurts! Once they know what is causing the pain, they can treat the animal, helping them to feel better.

pain injury diseaseSince animals are unable to communicate with us using English, it is important to pay special attention to them to make sure they are not in pain or unwell.

Prevention is a key aspect of this freedom! Do you go to the doctor’s office every year for a checkup? What about an eye doctor or dentist? Just like people need to visit doctors, animals require checkups from their veterinarian! Going to the veterinarian on a regular basis will keep your pet healthy as it allows the veterinarian to find problems before they become troublesome. By catching problems before they start, your pet has a better chance to stay healthy.

Have you ever gone to the doctors and gotten a vaccination? Just like humans, animals also need to get vaccines to prevent future potential illnesses! In fact, taking your pet to the veterinarian to get vaccinated is a very important part of being a responsible pet owner. Certain diseases, like rabies are quite contagious and can make animals very sick.

That concludes our discussion on the third of the Five Freedoms: the freedom from pain, injury, and disease! As responsible pet owners, it is our duty to try our best to keep our animals healthy and pain free. Always remember to contact your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your animal’s health. Tune in next week where we will cover the fourth of the Five Freedoms: the freedom from fear and distress!

Classroom discussion questions:

1.Do you think it would be more difficult to be a veterinarian for animals or a doctor for people? Explain.

2. This blog spoke about prevention (prevention of both injury and illness). What does prevention mean? What are things do we do on a daily basis that prevent us from experiencing injury or illness?  Wearing a seat belt, washing our hands, looking both ways to cross the road, practicing fire drills, wearing a bike helmet, eating healthy foods, etc.

3. What are things we do for our pets/farm animals that help them to stay safe? (by preventing injury and disease) Keeping dogs on a leash or in a fenced yard, keeping farm animals in a fenced property, keeping cats indoors, using safe toys, having livestock guard dogs, etc.

4. There are lots of different careers you can do working with animals or helping them. Brainstorm a list of careers!

Classroom Activity:

Have students find a job working with animals that they think is interesting and research it. What does this person do? What kind of animals do they work with? What special training do they need? Create a poster or presentation to share with the class. (We have some careers with animals resources on our website.)


Thanks to Kelsey Neill for her work on this blog series! Learn more about Kelsey here. 

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