The story every pet store seller would try to sell you: their dogs are the healthiest, they’re different and come from great local breeders. The obvious truth is that their statements are mostly false. Think about it: No caring, loving breeder would want to give up their pups to a store.
Responsible breeders care to know where their puppies end up
Let’s get logical, if breeders give their puppies to pet stores, they’d be sentencing them to live in crowded cages until they’re adopted. The puppies would now be exposed to all kinds of illnesses and bacteria from surrounding pets. Any breeder and owner of puppies wouldn’t just hand their precious dogs over to someone not knowing where they’ll end up or what kind of life they’re about to live. They would worry about their dogs being sent to homes that aren’t fit for them by a store clerk who doesn’t care about these poor souls but only the money they get out of them.
Pet Store employees repeat what they’re told to say
Just because pet shop employees say something, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the truth. For all we know they could twist the reality of events, or hide things or even lie – after all, they work at the place and get money for it. The fact is that most pet stores get their puppies from commercial breeders and puppy mills that know no responsibility and carry no emotions towards those furry friendly beings.
The USDA argument
Some use the USDA as camouflage, claiming they only buy from licensed breeders. Well, here’s the problem: The United States Department of Agriculture is just that, it doesn’t know much about dogs and they would let nearly any breeder pass as long as their papers are in order, the facilities disinfected and the cages a minimum size. Concerns that might cross your mind like whether the dogs used for breeding look like the breed, whether the breeder even knows about the kind or even if health problems like heart defects are inheritable do not interest the USDA. Therefore, it is not a regular license to depend on.
The scam of health guarantees
Some pet stores offer puppy health guarantees. And what are those supposed to mean? Well, they’ll want to replace sick dogs. Replace, a word used for things and objects, a being that you’d consider family. Instead of asking their breeders to conduct tests on the parents used for breeding to prevent any health risks, all the pet store does is offer to give you another dog that seems to be in a better health condition. And what happens to the sick ones? Well, we don’t know about that, but while you might retrieve your money, future puppies would be subject to health issues that could have been prevented if breeders worried more about the lives of their dogs instead of keeping a small budget.
How the business of pet stores functions
Pet shops rely on people’s emotions in such cases. They know that people get attached to the dogs they pick and how some would go the distance no matter how much it would cost to try and nurse the sick puppy back to health. Also, stores like these only care about their revenues and expenses. Any document for replacement probably wouldn’t validate the sickness a bought dog would suffer from. It’s just pure business. Most people don’t even notice the dog is sick even after having lived with it for a while and that’s because genetic problems usually stay hidden for months or even years. So a buyer would either not know where the problem came from, the guarantee would have expired by then, or the person would simply be too attached to a dog they’ve lived with for that long to give it up. Either way, the pet store knows what it’s doing when it comes to business.
Advantages? Of a pet store
However, pet shops surely do have advantages that are the reason why many people turn to them when getting a dog. While finding people with dogs that need rescue and breeders takes a lot of effort, one can find just the breed of dog they’re looking for right there in most pet stores. They are nearby, have many different branches and can get you the dog you seek even if they don’t have it at the moment it was asked for. They are the best deal for people who are impatient and don’t want to spend time searching and researching. But if one doesn’t really wanna invest time looking for the dog they want to share their life with, are they even fit to adopt one?
Genetically inherited illnesses
First of all, pet store puppies mostly come from parents that are not tested for genetically inheritable health problems. That is why dogs bought from shops are prone to getting sick, as the stakes of them being at health risk because of their parents are high. If you still want to buy a pup from a pet store, make sure to ask for a test that can determine with 100% accuracy whether a puppy has taken over a serious health problem.
The issue with animal rights
Another major problem is that pet shop puppies are frequently inbred, and that is not only a violation of their rights for a humane life, but also puts them at huge health risks. Please demand a pedigree if you plan to adopt from a pet store, as most of them won’t have one and therefore can’t prove anything about inbreeding. Do not accept an offer where they mail it to you after you’ve already taken the puppy because chances are you’re getting nada.
Keep an eye out for fake registration papers and false pedigrees. Many pet stores even avoid the strict demands of the AKC and go for other alternative registries. While these alternatives might not be fake, they are not a good sign. While the AKC already has issues with falsified papers, imagine what those other registries are dealing with.
You won’t know your dog’s ancestry
One of the negative things about buying from a pet store is that one does not get to see the puppy’s parents. You don’t know how they look like, how they behave, the conditions they live under and of course their health situation. The way a puppy turns out to be is greatly influenced by the mother, and if you can’t see either parent, who’s to tell the dog won’t suffer from genes of an unhealthy structure or bad temperament?
Shopping from stores nearby with many varieties is easy and practical. But we are not talking about objects. We are discussing beings that live and breathe and feel like we do, sweet animals we take for life companions and consider family. Their loyalty and energy are definitely worth the time spent looking for a responsible breeder or a rescue group where you can adopt a dog and rest assured that you not only saved a life but also supported those who breed healthy dogs.