Posts Tagged ‘buying a dog’

Dangers of Buying a Dog from a Pet Store

October 7, 2010

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.

Great Website Promotes Adopting a Dog Instead of Buying a Dog

January 16, 2010

Check out this great website called Muttigrees.org. We love this site. Not only do they have a lot of great information, but they also promote adopting a mixed breed dog instead of buying a pure bred dog. There are millions of puppies being brought into this world and not enough homes for them all. So millions of dogs are being euthanized each year. And sadly, many of the dogs being euthanized are mutts.

Unless you research your breeder, you could be buying your dog from a puppy mill or from an irresponsible backyard breeder. Both types of breeders are likely to breed without doing background health checks on the parents and could be inadvertently breeding more dogs with inherited health problems. Worse than this, is how the dogs in the puppy mills could be living. While you may be buying a puppy and giving it a good home, its mom could still be living in a tiny cage and giving birth to more puppies which may or may not end up living in good homes. It is very sad and it has got to stop. So please, adopt a dog or do thorough research on the breeder before you buy a dog. If America stops buying dogs, puppy mills will go out of business and back yard breeders are less likely to breed their dogs in order to make a fast buck.

Join the Muttigrees Club like we have and support adoption of all dogs – mutts and purebreds alike.