Where Do I Get My Purebred Pet??

Just like many other facets of our lives, the decision to bring a new puppy or kitten into our lives often begins with a Google search.  Many people have a general idea of what kind of dog or cat they want, and many people will start searching for breeders right off the bat.  I want to have an informed discussion to help you avoid the heartbreak of receiving a genetically scrambled, sick, and under-socialized puppy or kitten.  The consequences of where you choose to get your puppy or kitten can have lifelong consequences.  As a veterinarian I’ve seen firsthand the heartache a puppy mill puppy can bring to a family, not to mention the financial consequences. ANIMAL SHELTERS: 25% of all pets in any shelter are purebred.  Please check out your local shelters at the beginning of your search.  You very well could find your breed or breed mix pet looking for their forever home.  Websites such as Petfinder.com have an easy to search data base of adoptable dogs and cats including age, sex, breed, and distance with many different shelters and breed groups represented. BoxerShelter PUREBRED RESCUE GROUPS: All breed groups have a rescue group associated with them.  These breed groups rescue the dogs (many from puppy mills, owner surrenders, or strays), pay for their veterinary bills, and really learn the personality of the dog or cat to best fit that pet into the right home.  Most official breed pages will have their recue group on their website. PET STORES:  First and foremost – ANY dog purchased in a pet store came from a puppy mill or puppy farm.  NO reputable breeder would EVER allow their dogs to be sold in a storefront without knowing what home that dog is going to.  I repeat: ANY dog purchased in a pet store came from a puppy mill.  These dogs are often sick, they have a higher incidence of genetic diseases, and they are often under socialized, timid, and have potential behavioral problems.  DO NOT BUY A DOG OR CAT FROM A PET STORE!  Somewhere that puppy or kitten has a mother than is overbred, under-loved, and probably receiving substandard care in a cage for the majority of her life. ONLINE BROKERS: If there is just one take away from this article here it is: ONLINE STOREFRONTS ARE PUPPY MILLS!  Do a simple Google search of the breed you’re interested in acquiring.  There is a company called Purebred Breeders which offers a huge selection of purebred dogs at expensive prices promising the puppy’s health and temperament.  These dogs are sourced from puppy fPuppyMillarms all over the country.  Again, no reputable breeder would ever consider shipping their puppies across the country to an unknown home.  Many of these online storefronts have “rare” breeds and breed mixes ready to ship and a moment’s notice.  Professionally I’ve seen many of these dogs and cats arrive sick, scared, infested with parasites, and many have genetic abnormalities that haunt these dogs for the rest of their lives. If you see a website listing USDA Certification is most likely a puppy or kitten mill, and the USDA themselves in a report released in 2010 even said they were ill equipped to regulate these breeding facilities.  The website PupQuest.org has great veterinarian and pet professional generated information about puppy mills, online brokers, pet stores, and more.  Please take the time to read their information. REPUTABLE BREEDERS: These are people who generally have one breed of dog, they are advocates for the breed, are breeding on rare occasion to help improve the breed, and they’re going to perform their due diligence on you to ensure you’re a good candidate for one of their puppies. We’ll talk more in my next article about finding a good breeder.

Tips for Taking Your Cat on a Road Trip

Thinking about taking your cat on a road trip? Dr. Eva recently contributed some helpful tips to Popsugar Pets! See link below: http://www.popsugar.com/pets/How-Prepare-Cat-Car-Ride-39849701 photo credit: Flickr user Sharonhahndarlin  

Thinking of getting a rescue? Listen to Dr. Taylor on SiriusXM Doctor Radio Share Advice!

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Dr. Taylor Truitt chats with Dr. Allen on SiriusXM Doctor Radio and fields calls about bringing a rescue pet into your family.  The Vet Set encourages people to consider adoption when bringing a new pet into your home.  Each year 7.6 million pets enter shelters and close to 3 million are euthanized per statistics from the ASPCA.  Adopt not shop!


4 Tips To Keep Those Winter Paws Healthy!

4 Tips For Winter Paw Health

The winter months can be really hard on your dog’s paws.  Between the extreme cold, different chemicals used to prevent ice, gravel, and dry conditions there’s many elements to protect those sensitive paws against.  Here’s some tips to keep your paws in tip top shape!

  1. Trim those feathers and extra fur! – The extra fur around your dog’s paws can trap ice, salt, dirt, gravel, and more. Trimming the fur back will cut back on the extra debris the paws can trap.  If you don’t’ feel comfortable grooming a professional groomer will be more than happy to help you out.
  2. Use boots when outside! - When going outside cover those paws with high quality boots to protect from cold, ice, gravel, and chemical de-icers. There are many different JellyWelliesshapes, sizes, and varieties to find the perfect pair for your pooch.  BH Pet Gear has many varieties including Pawtech for the more rugged dogs to Jelly Wellies for shorter walks outside in urban areas.  Remember – once the snow has gone there’s often still chemicals on the roads and sidewalks to protect your pets from!
  3. Paw balms for cracked and dry feet. – After all the extra fur has been removed check your dog’s feet on a regular basis for dry or cracked paws. Use a dog specific paw balm if needed to soften those paws up to keep them comfortable.
  4. Use pet safe salt and de-icers. – There are pet safe de-icers available on the market. Use these products and ask your neighbors to do the same.  Once inside, even when wearing boots clean your dog’s paws with warm water and inspect for any irritation.

 These simple tips will help your dog’s paws be safe, warm, and healthy through the winter months!  If you notice any redness, ulceration, or deeply cracked paws please contact The Vet Set or your veterinarian immediately.

Degenerative Myelopathy - An ALS-Like Condition in Dogs

Did you know that dogs can get a condition similar to ALS in people? Dr. Eva recently contributed to an article on this devastating disease, called Degenerative Myelopathy. See below: http://www.india.com/health/everything-you-should-know-about-an-als-like-condition-among-dogs-847169/ Photo Credit: Jolanta Kozikowska

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