Dogs are the mainstay of our animal family, and for good reason.
They are intelligent, sociable, playful, and friendly.
But the number of species that are currently facing extinction has reached alarming levels, with over 7,000 species of animals and plants considered threatened by extinction.
Pets, like us, are part of the fabric of the human family and have contributed greatly to the evolution of mankind.
As a result, they deserve to be treated like members of the family and treated with dignity.
But as the species is being threatened, we need to consider how to protect them from the ravages of climate change and other environmental challenges.
We have a duty to protect the future of dogs, as well as the future that the species will have in the future.
The United States alone accounts for more than 80 percent of all dog domestication.
In 2017, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) released its first ever guide to the health of dogs and cats.
A veterinarian, in particular, must be aware of the critical roles dogs play in human health and well-being, particularly in their care.
Dogs are vital members of our communities, providing us with valuable, reliable companions and helping to maintain a healthy environment.
If we can’t keep our dogs safe, we are at risk for the extinction of other animals as well.
For more information, see FourFourSixty: Dogs and cats: The future of the species.
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