Environmental Effects Of Puppy Mills

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The puppies, which are sold at designer breed prices, are abused, neglected, and, due to their lack of proper veterinary care, plagued with health problems. Some of the effects of improper breeding in puppy mills can include epilepsy, heart disease, lung disease, musculoskeletal disorders, endocrine disorders, blood disorders, deafness, eye problems, and respiratory problems later on in life as an adult. In fact, puppies will only develop these symptoms later on in life. As puppies, they will arrive at pet stores, or in homes, with Giardia (a parasite that causes diarrhea), Parvovirus (A highly contagious viral disease that is life threatening), distemper (A viral disease in dogs that causes a fever and coughing), upper respiratory infections, Pneumonia. Mange (parasitic mites on a dog’s skin), fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites, heartworm, and chronic diarrhea. Furthermore, puppies only have about six weeks to accommodate to their wire mesh cages before they are dragged away from their mothers and shipped off to pet stores at the age of six weeks. On their long and tiring journey without proper nourishment or accommodations, puppies develop fears that they should have gotten over as pups with attention, love, and care. When the puppies finally arrive in the pet store, they are afraid of human contact, can be aggressive, and suffer from fear and

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