Voices Of Youth

Up to us to keep pets healthy

As an animal lover, I am dismayed to read that many dogs in Singapore have succumbed to the canine parvovirus disease, perhaps due to improper care from their owners or pet shops (What is being done to limit cases of canine parvovirus?; April 8).

When we take in animals to care for, their health and well-being become our responsibility. They are not toys we buy for entertainment then throw away.

We vaccinate pigs and birds for fear of catching diseases from them. But because the canine parvovirus cannot be transmitted to humans, we do not feel obligated to vaccinate dogs.

Without proper treatment, 80 per cent of dogs infected with the disease die.

Those who lack the responsibility to own a pet should not buy one on impulse. Our pets should not suffer because of our inability to treat them properly.

Lee Zhi Jun, 15

Secondary 4 Student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 26, 2017, with the headline 'Up to us to keep pets healthy'. Print Edition | Subscribe