When it is time to get a puppy going to the pet shop is a really bad idea. Unfortunately pet shops are not very vested in where they get their puppies from as a matter of fact many times they get their puppies from puppy mills.
In many cases they are getting puppies from puppy mills that are not run in an ethical manner. They also get a lot of puppies that were “dropped off” or left because they could not be sold elsewhere for more money.
It does not take a lot of know how to open a pet shop. Even the large chain pet shops do not really concern themselves with their “stock” and where their stock comes from. It is actually quite a sad state of affairs. Pet shops are not expert in any particular species and can not tell you about a specific breed of dog with any level of certainty.
Typically pet shops hire clerks at minimum wage part time to run the store.
Puppy mills sell their puppies to pet shops all the time like they are clearance items from last season. Remember the pet shop is there for one purpose and one purpose only. Profits! Like any big box discount type store they are not looking to see where the inventory comes from they are just concerned with the bottom line.
The “inventory” is confined to very small spaces until it is sold. The dogs are not socialized other than when customers pass by and maybe stop to say hello and please do not forget that the puppies in pet shops may only be socialized to people that think it funny to tease a puppy in a cage 🙁 .
As long as people go to a pet shop to purchase puppies, pet shops will continue to buy puppies from puppy mills. The pet shops are concerned with profits. Buying puppies in bulk is a way they can optimize their profits.
Buying puppies from pet shops is just a bad idea. There are plenty of ethical breeders that take the time to care for their dogs and their puppies the way they should be cared for. If consumer demand dwindles than pet shops will no longer support the puppy mills that are selling them “discount dogs”.
Saving a few dollar by going to a pet shop to purchase a puppy may help you and 1 puppy in the end but ultimately all it does is feed the machine of greed that causes puppy mills to be so prevalent.
Our pets deserve the best. We want them to live long and healthy lives. We get worried if they sick and we fuss if we hear them crying. On the other hand, our pets have no way of really telling us out loud what they want; we can only rely on their body signals. They whimper when they are ill or wag their tails when they are happy. Sometimes they are happy but suddenly get ill and we go into this super helicopter parent mode to aid them. We try to feed them the right food and sometimes we try too much. We wonder, should we give supplements to our dogs?
What are Supplements For?
Giving supplements to dogs now a days is becoming very popular. A lot of pet owners want their pets to have shiny coats that grow beautifully like those we see in commercials. We also heard about supplements that fight aging bones and osteoporosis and arthritis. There is also a supplement for immune system and all that. But do our dogs really need these? Studies have shown that most dogs can get their needed nutrients from commercially prepared dog food. Reputable dog food normally contain everything that your dog needs. Giving your dog vitamins or supplements if not recommended by your vet can cause him more harm than good.
Be Careful with What You Give to Your Furry Friend!
Dogs have a different physiology from humans. Some supplements and medications that are good for us can actually harm them. One good example of this is garlic. Garlic can cause severe anemia in dogs that it can kill them. There are many substances that are tolerated by humans that dogs cannot one of them is grapes and raisins. These may give us anti-oxidants but can cause kidney problems in dogs. The best way to provide your dog with ample nutrients is to provide them with food that is complete and has all their needs.
So When Do I Give My Dog Supplements?
In general most vets do not recommend supplements. For shiny coats giving Omega-3 Fatty acids can be fine as well as fish oil. Some pets do need help from joint pain but never give him without consulting your vet. Calcium can build up if not given in proper dosages which can cause your dog to have kidney stones and bone problems. Water soluble nutrients like vitamin C and B vitamins are normally excreted when given in excess but excess vitamin can cause nerve issues. On the other hand, high vitamin A can be stored in his fat cells and may lead to bleeding, dehydration and heart problem. Vitamin E is also normally stored in the fat tissues of a dog and too much may cause neurological problems. Vitamin D can cause your dog to lose his interest in food, have weak muscles and cause bones have problems or become weak.
On the other hand, you vet may advise you to give supplements to your dog if you prepare his meal at home. Homemade meals may the number of nutrients that manufactured or scientifically tested food. Your dog may also be having some form of nutrient deficiency that can often be found through a blood test. The vet would prescribe how long he will need to take it. It is advisable to go back to the vet to check if he still need to continue the treatment. Over treatment may be bad for your pet.
Is it Really Needed?
Overall, supplements are not necessary for your dog to achieve a happy and healthy life. The supplements market for pets is a billion dollar industry that is normally geared towards siphoning money from unknowing pet owner who love their little furry friends and would do anything for them. Try to find a trusted veterinarian to consult with. Always remember that a dog needs proper care and checkups in order to know if he needs something or not.