Your Dog and Viagra?


I know this might upset Pamela Anderson, but I gotta get this one off my chest: I’m not particularly fond of animals. There I said it. [Whew, that felt good!] I know, I know… I’m a horrible excuse for a human being, but give me a chance to explain myself before you cast me aside as a common scalawag, hooligan or scoundrel.

Before humans began domesticating dogs about 15,000 years ago, they ran free in the wild. They didn’t get locked in the house all day; they didn’t have to take trips to the groomer; and they certainly didn’t have to worry about their health insurance plan.

Today, there’s a story floating around about the increased use of pet medications. It seems that rather than take their dogs out for regular, health-promoting exercise (which would of course result in health benefits for themselves), Americans find it easier to apply the human formula of medicating everything from arthritis to dementia to obesity. What’s next – viagra for Fido so he can hump your leg just like the old days?

What ever happened to putting a sick animal down? Don’t animal-rights activists believe a pet also has the right to a quality of life that matches their natural, pre-domestic state?

Before anyone puts a postage stamp on a hate-mail letter addressed to me, let me point out that my real problem isn’t even with the animals themseles, but with the lack of physical activity people are getting. Isn’t it irresponsible to force the same sedentary lifestyle upon a pet? I’d go so far as to call it abuse.

If you’re going to treat your pet like one of the family, I’m assuming you will take on the role of parent. What would you do if your own children sat on their butts all day? (a-HA!! I think I’m on to a common thread here, but childhood obesity is a blog for another day!)

Ok, maybe the animals aren’t so bad afterall – It could just be the pet owners I don’t really like (why in the hell would you put a t-shirt on a dog? WHY?!) All I’m trying to say is that if you lead by example, your pooch might follow.

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