99% of all Puppies Sold Online and in Pet Stores are from Puppy Mills


Many of us want to experience the amazing companionship that comes with having a dog of our very own. But millions of people have been naturally conditioned to think “I want to go to the pet store and buy a puppy!” or “let’s look online for breeders!” rather than their instinct being to visit their local animal shelter.

The assumption that so many of us have been accustomed to believing is that we have to find a breeder to get a purebred dog. That is so far from true! The ASPCA says, “purebred dogs end up in shelters just like mixed breeds. Breed rescue groups exist for just about every breed possible. If you have your heart set on a purebred, please be sure to visit your local shelter or find a breed rescue group before searching for a breeder. If you can’t find what you want through a shelter or breed rescue group, please learn how to recognize a responsible breeder.

The harsh reality that most people aren’t aware of is that 99% of all dogs sold in pet stores and online are from a PUPPY MILL, and almost 100% of these puppies are infested with parasites when you purchase them. The ASPCA defines a puppy mill as “a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation that places profit over the well-being of its dogs—who are often severely neglected—and acts without regard to responsible breeding practices. Unlike responsible breeders, who place the utmost importance on producing the healthiest puppies possible, breeding at puppy mills is performed without consideration of genetic quality. This results in generations of dogs with unchecked hereditary defects. Some puppy mill puppies are sold to pet shops—usually through a broker, or middleman—and marketed as young as eight weeks of age. The lineage records of puppy mill dogs are often falsified. Other puppy mill puppies are sold directly to the public, including over the Internet, through newspaper ads, and at swap meets and flea markets.”

Dogs used for breeding are usually kept in cages with wire floors which injure their paws and legs. Cages are sometimes stacked on top of each other and lined up in columns, so waste falls on the dogs in the cages below them. Poor health, matting, sores, mange, severe dental disease and abscesses are usually widespread with puppy mill dogs. Many sick puppies manage to end up at pet stores and the new puppy owner unknowingly purchases the sick dog.

According to the ASPCA “No Pet Store Puppies” Website:

There are roughly 10,000 puppy mills in the US with Missouri and Oklahoma producing HALF of all the puppies sold in pet stores alone. Some puppy mills can have up to 1,000 adult dogs breeding at once and up to 400 puppies born every year – more than one born per day. Every year there are approximately 4 MILLION puppies born in puppy mills but only about 2,000,000 are sold online and in pet stores because many are born with or develop physical problems that make them unwanted and either end up abandoned or left to die.

Madonna of the Mills, a courageous woman who dedicates her life to saving dogs trapped and tortured in puppy mills, explains that “almost every puppy sold in a pet store has a mother who will spend her entire life in a tiny cage, never being petted, never being walked, never being treated like a dog.” Breeding dogs usually spend their entire lives outdoors and the females usually have little or no recovery time between litters. When the females can no longer reproduce after a few years, the dogs are usually abandoned, shot, or starved until they eventually die.

If you still think that your breeder or pet store is telling the truth about their ethical breeding practices because they are “USDA licensed,” here’s what ASPCA has to say about that:

Below is the trailer for Dog by Dog, a documentary “that aims to wake up the American public to the horrible realities of puppy mills by following the money trail across the United States and confronting those that have maintained this corrupt and irresponsible system.”

There was also a special episode on the Oprah show dedicated to exposing puppy mills after she saw a billboard just off the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago that said ”Oprah: Do a show on puppy mills. The dogs need you” created by Bill Smith, the founder of Main Line Animal Rescue.

There are people out there like the ones you see in the videos that have the resources  and the means to expose the torturous conditions the dogs are living in. But without your help to spread their messages and get the word out to the masses, these dogs will continue to suffer.

Just to give you an idea of how little attention this horrible epidemic receives: The Madonna of the Mills trailer was posted on YouTube 3 years ago has only been viewed 2,007 times as of today. The Oprah episode is the only copy of the show on YouTube and has been viewed 464 times. The dog by dog documentary trailer was posted nearly a year ago and has only received 5,834 views.

People are constantly sharing “viral videos” on social media and talking about them with their friends, so why aren’t videos and documentaries as important as these being shared or viewed just as much if not more?

You are probably feeling just as as troubled, devastated, sick, hurt, and helpless as I am after learning about puppy mills. But you CAN do something to help! It is as easy as SHARING the knowledge and taking a stand against purchasing puppies from pet stores and online! The more people that learn what is going on, take a stand against puppy mills, and stop buying from pet stores that sell puppies, the less puppy mills there will be until they become extinct all together. If no one is buying the puppies, the money-hungry puppy mill owners will have no choice but to stop the cruelty.

There are so many shocking facts and lessons to be learned about puppy mills that cannot possibly be explained in one blog post, so please do more research for yourself and read the ASPCA FAQ’s about puppy mills. 

 

 

Vet Shocked to Find 43.5 Socks Inside a Dog’s Stomach

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A three-year-old Great Dane in Portland, Oregon was rushed to the DoveLewis emergency animal hospital after his owners realized he was vomiting and suffering from extreme pain. An x-ray revealed “a stomach full of a large quantity of foreign material.” He was rushed into surgery, and two hours later Dr. Ashlee Magee was shocked by what she discovered: 43.5 socks inside the dog’s stomach! The dog made a full recovery, however the socks did not.

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The animal hospital’s spokeswoman, Shawna Harch, told news reporters that “it’s perhaps the strangest case in the hospital’s history and certainly the record set for the most socks eaten.” She said the owners were unavailable for comment, and she couldn’t release their names.

Now that I think about it… would you notice if 22 pairs of your socks were missing? Do you even own 22 pairs of socks? I certainly don’t!

The vet hospital heard of a contest hosted by Veterinary Practice News which is a magazine for vets. The contest has been going on for nearly 10 years and is called “They Ate WHAT?” To enter, vets had to submit an x-ray and case details. DoveLewis vet hospital came in third place and won $500! They are using the money for a fund to help low-income families pay for vet bills.

I would love to hear from you! Have your pets eaten anything they shouldn’t have or have they needed surgery? Comment below :)

Important Dog Food Recall Notice


On Tuesday August 26 Pedigree released a voluntary notice of a recall of 22 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food because of “the possible presence of a foreign material.” Pedigree knows that the affected bags were only 15 pound bags sold in Dollar General stores in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Louisiana. Pedigree believes that there are “small metal fragments” that may “present a risk of injury if consumed.” However they claim the metal fragments are not “embedded in the food itself.” They are working with Dollar General to get the bags removed from inventory to ensure they are not sold to consumers.

If you have purchased a 15 pound bag of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition dry dog food from a Dollar General in any of those four states, you can examine the bag to see if yours is one included in the recall. Affected bags have the lot code “432C1KKM03″ printed on the back near the UPC code (23100 10944) and “Best Before 8/5/15″ date.

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Pedigree says that no other dog food bags are affected by this recall. If you have any friends or family with dogs that might be affected by this recall, please help by sharing this post via social media so as many people are informed of this as possible.

965 Dogs Dead Presumably From Trifexis

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Trifexis – the FDA approved monthly medication created to prevent fleas and heart worms for dogs – may not be safe according to more than 965 people who suspect that their dogs have died from the drug.

Trifexis reports on its website that “to receive FDA approval Trifexis was tested in hundreds of dogs, and detailed clinical reports were submitted for intense review. Adverse events are reported to the FDA, and concerns are thoroughly investigated.” Side effects listed for Trifexis include: vomiting, itching, lethargy, diarrhea, dermatitis, skin reddening, decreased appetite, and pinnal reddening.

Preventative Vet has put together an excellent article concerning the allegations against Trifexis by looking at both sides of the issue. Preventative Vet’s answer to people’s question “does Trifexis kill dogs?” is that “there is currently a suspicion, though no conclusive proof, that there may be some significant safety problems with one of the most popular heartworm preventatives — Trifexis. It appears as though these concerns are being taken seriously and are currently under investigation by the appropriate people and agencies.“ 

Speaking from experience, I gave my dogs Zoey and Jem Trifexis after they were both out of the puppy stage as their first flea/heartworm medication. Zoey had the most trouble with the drug.

When she first started taking Trifexis, I was using it strictly as a preventative rather than a “cure” for any pre -existing conditions. She was young and didn’t have a single case of fleas or heart worm problems, but I knew it was important to take precautions. As soon as she started taking Trifexis, I noticed a very severe change in her stool almost immediately. Her stool had this milky white slimy membrane over it which I had never seen before. I was very concerned. The vet examined her and said it was probably a side effect from the Trifexis, and it was not something I needed to worry about (but of course any dog mom is going to worry!) I decided to follow the vet’s advice and give her another dose of Trifexis the next month (the problem with her stool only seemed to last the first two days after taking it). I was very strict about giving her doses exactly when they were due to keep her as protected as possible from fleas or heart worm.

We moved into a rental home with a large back yard, and the previous owners had cats. I began to suspect she had fleas even though she had been taking Trifexis to prevent them. A visit to the vet confirmed that she did in fact have her first case of fleas! I was shocked, disappointed, and felt gipped. I thought I was doing the right thing by giving her Trifexis to prevent fleas, and then she got them anyway as if the product hadn’t worked at all. After the scary side effect she experienced with her stool and a case of the fleas, it was easy for me to make the decision to take her off of Trifexis without any regrets. Since she has been off of it, she has never had that problem with her stool again and has been 100% flea-free. She now receives a heart worm shot from her vet twice a year that lasts 6 months, and I give her K9 Advantix because she spends lots of time in the woods where we have seen ticks.

The most popular news story covering this topic can be viewed below:

Only you can make the choice when it comes to deciding which flea and heart worm preventatives are best for your family’s dog. Having said that, I think it is extremely important that we all do our own research and understand as best we can all of the options out there and learn from the experiences of others. If Trifexis is causing other peoples’ dogs to have problems and many of them suspect it is the cause of death for their precious pups, then you might decide to air on the side of caution and think carefully before giving it to your dog.

On the other hand, I completely agree with Preventative Vet’s advice on this Trifexis dilemma when they say that “while the investigation is ongoing, you shouldn’t panic and you shouldn’t jump to conclusions – especially if your dog has been safely on Trifexis for some time now. However, If you do decide to change preventatives — which is your right and there are lots of other effective medications out there for you and your veterinarian to choose from — you should be sure to do so only with the counseling and input of your veterinarian.” Couldn’t have said it better myself!

 

12 Foods Your Dog Can’t Have

We are all guilty of feeling the urge to feed dogs “table scraps” when they give us those sad puppy dog eyes. They know just how to reel us in by putting on their sweet charm. It is so important to be aware of the foods that can make dogs sick or kill them before you make the decision to give in and feed them a piece of your food.

Grapes & Raisins


It is extremely important that your dog never eats these because they cause kidney failure. If a dog already has health problems, the signs of kidney failure from eating grapes or raisins will be dramatic.

Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lethargy

 

 Avocado

Avocados contain a toxin called persin, which is mildly poisonous to dogs and deadly to other animals.  The biggest risk with avocados is that they can cause obstruction if they are swallowed whole, and the seeds are large enough to block the intestinal tracts of smaller dogs.

Symptoms:

  • Intestinal problems
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of stool production

 

Onion & Garlic

Onions are the more dangerous than garlic and can cause the dog’s red blood cells to burst. Poisoning occurs a few days after the dog has eaten the onion.  All forms of onion are problematic including dehydrated, raw, cooked, and table scraps. Garlic is less toxic, and the dog would have to eat a large amount to experience complications. Occasional low doses of these foods are found in some dog foods and are not likely to cause a serious problem.

Symptoms:

  • Labored breathing
  • Liver damage
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Discolored urine

 

Mushrooms

Certain species of mushrooms can be fatal for dogs. The most commonly reported severely toxic mushroom is amanita phalloides.

Symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Drooling
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Death

 

Yeast Dough

Yeast dough is meant to rise, and when it is ingested it causes gas to accumulate in the dog’s digestive system. This can be painful and cause the stomach or intestines to rupture. After the yeast has fully risen, the risk is gone and pets can have small pieces of bread. Bread does not have strong nutritional value for dogs, so do not allow your pet to have more than 5-10% of its calories be from bread each day.

 

Chocolate

Cocoa seeds contain methylxanthines, which can be found in other caffeinated foods. Chocolate contains the chemical theobromine that is toxic to dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is for your dog. Baker’s, semi-sweet, and dark chocolates are the most dangerous. Many people assume their dog is unaffected by consuming chocolate, but be warned that signs of toxic consumption may not occur for several hours after ingestion, and death can occur within 24 hours.

Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Panting
  • Excessive thirst and urination
  • Hyperactivity
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Seizures
  • Death

 

Macadamia Nuts and Walnuts

These nuts are very commonly used in cookies and candies, so make sure you do not let your dog get ahold of them. As few as six raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make a dog very sick. Their high phosphorus content leads to bladder stones. Dogs develop a tremor of the skeletal muscles, weakness, and sometimes paralysis of their hindquarters. Signs of illness from consumption of these nuts usually appear within 12 hours and last up to two days.

Symptoms:

  • Weakness
  • Panting
  • Depression
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle tremors
  • Hyperthermia
  • Swollen limbs

 

Salt

Consumption of large amounts of salt causes excess thirst and urination, which can result in sodium poisoning. Many dog foods contain large amounts of sodium to make the food taste better. Make sure to check your dog’s food for sodium content and feed him healthy food and treats.

Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Tremors
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Seizures
  • Death

 

Xylitol

This sugar substitute is EXTREMELY dangerous for dogs. Even small amounts can cause extreme complications or death. If xylitol is one of the first 3-5 ingredients listed, then it is going to poison your dog. Symptoms appear as quickly as 15-30 minutes after consumption.

Symptoms:

  • Liver failure
  • Hypoglycemia (life-threatening low blood sugar)
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of coordination
  • Seizures
  • Black stool
  • Death

 

Alcohol/Food Containing Alcohol

Alcohol is extremely hazardous to give to your dog, and even a small amount can be very toxic. Hops (the plant used to brew beers) is also toxic to dogs.

Symptoms:

  • Low body temperature
  • Neurological depression
  • Low blood pressure
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Decreased coordination
  • Respiratory failure
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

 

Milk/Milk-Based Products

Dogs are not born with a substantial amount of lactase in their bodies, which is an enzyme that breaks down the lactose in the milk. There are lactose-free milk products available for pets.

Symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive discomfort

 

Coffee/Caffeine

A large enough amount of caffeine can be fatal to a dog, and there is no antidote once they have consumed too much. Caffeine can be found in common items like tea, coffee beans and grounds, cocoa, chocolate, soft drinks, energy drinks, cold medicines, and painkillers.

Symptoms:

  • Restlessness
  • Rapid breathing
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle tremors
  • Bleeding

 

The safest decision you can make as a dog owner is to only feed them their food and treats. However, if you make the decision to treat your dog to some tastier, more human cuisine, always remember what is safe to feed them. To be extra careful, it is a good idea to have important emergency phone numbers on your refrigerator or somewhere you and your guests can easily access them. Included on this list should be your vet, the closest emergency vet clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Hotline: (888) 426-4435. Food is a wonderful part of life, and it is our job as pet parents to make sure our dogs have a safe and healthy experience.

Here are all of the foods your dog should not eat in one easy to use image for your convenience. You can even keep it posted on your refrigerator as a reminder for you and your guests.