May 6, 2002, 2:32 AM
Post #9 of 142
Re: [laikamyee] Pet shops warning
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Whatever you do, avoid pet shops in the petaling street area. My hubby and I bought a pup there for RM 1300.00 and we had to put it to sleep 3 weeks later because it had caught the canine distemper virus while in the shop ( most probably).
The best one can do is to get a dog from a breeder. u can call MKA and ask them for the names and contact numbers of breeders who are having litters soon (depending on the type of pedigree u want).
Some breeders give you guarantees against hereditary diseases. ( i dont know about show disqualification guarantees), but it all depends on what you want your dog for.
I would never get a pup from a pet store anymore, because some fatal diseases are air borne ( like the flu virus), and some, like the parvovirus ( which is fatal for young puppies) can live for months on surface areas ( i read on one website the virus can live for years!). So if one puppy had it, you can bet the others have been exposed to teh same virus. I doubt that these pet shops wash their areas with chlorox at all.
Find a dog which has received its vaccination. Most breeders will do that at 6 weeks or so. A responsible breeder will keep his dogs for a few more days, or a week to observe the pup, as their tempreature goes up, and there can be side effects after the vaccination. And it would be stressful for the pup to change hands at that time.
Im not an expert at all, like some of the ppl yuo will come across here, but i had a tough first lesson to learn, and i dont' want anyone else to go through such heartbreak as watching a young puppy suffer.
so good luck to you, and remember to stay away from the pet shops !