Dangers of Buying a Dog from a Pet Store

We recently read this great article about Oliver.  Oliver was being sold in a pet shop when he got ill.  Since the pet shop wouldn’t sell a sick dog, it was either have him euthanized or find someone who was willing to take him home and pay his vet bills.  Check out Oliver’s story at http://upforpups.org/2010/09/pet-shop-tale/.

The chance of a pet who is purchased from a pet store becoming sick is all too common.  This is mostly due to pet stores getting their pets from irresponsible breeders.  Irresponsible breeders do not care about or do not have enough knowledge about health issues.  And as such, they may be breeding dogs with genetic diseases and deformities.  Or they may be inadvertently spreading diseases due to improper care.

Because an irresponsible dog breeder does not take the time or spend the money needed to make sure their dogs are healthy, they can sell dogs at a good price.  This is perfect for a pet shop which needs to make money.  A pet shop can’t afford to buy expensive high-quality dogs, so they usually end up getting them from these irresponsible breeders.

This practice does not apply just to dogs.  This applies to cats, snakes, lizards, birds, and more.  So before you purchase a pet, be sure that you research the source.  Be willing to spend a little extra money on a dog who you know came from a responsible breeder.

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One Response to “Dangers of Buying a Dog from a Pet Store”

  1. Kyla Duffy Says:

    It’s hard to believe that with all the evidence we have of pet shops selling people sick animals they are still allowed to do it. The fact that the cute little puppies and kittens in the window encourage people to buy living creatures that need a lifetime of care on an impulse is enough, in my opinion, to want to ban the sale of live animals at pet stores. A much better place to acquire a pet is through a shelter or rescue. If you are dead set on getting a puppy from a breeder, be sure you visit the breeder in person. The Mill Dog Manifesto, a free eBook at http://happytailsbooks.com/milldog.htm is a great resource if you are looking to get a new pet.

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