When a person has an operation, they often suffer a loss of dignity, privacy and fear. However, these feelings can be shared with their doctor, who can minimise these feelings with clear explanations with what is going to occur. We can also lean on our support network of family and friends to overcome the loss of dignity and privacy through sharing, comfort and laughter.
In contrast, animals often do not know what is happening – we are unable to explain that it is for their own good and can only provide love and support in the manner of hugs, kisses and cuddles after the event.
This is to remind us that all creatures are vulnerable – they too suffer from fear and loss of dignity, without the ability to fully understand.