Doing the right research and asking the right questions can help you avoid the risks of the cruel puppy trade in Australia. Here you can find the information and resources you need to acquire a puppy responsibly.
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Puppies bought from puppy farmers can suffer from various diseases including canine distemper, parvovirus, kennel cough, leptospirosis for example. Many of the diseases can be prevented through vaccinations, good hygiene and proper upbringing, but due to the nature of the puppy trade where puppies are bred in poor conditions in puppy farms, there is a risk that some of the puppies may have contracted these diseases. Later in life they may also suffer from behavioural problems due to poor socialisation.
Many puppies from the puppy trade are sick or even worse, die. Heart-broken owners may find it very hard to recover from the experience of having a helpless pup, who they have bonded with, die in their arms, unable to do anything about it. This could also have an emotional impact on children who have bonded with their new pet only to see them suffering and not returning from the vets.
If you unknowingly purchase a puppy without the proper vaccines, deworming regime and socialisation in their first months, you may have expensive veterinary costs. Veterinary care may be needed to either treat an illness or to treat ongoing medical problems caused by poor breeding practices and genetic disorders. Later, you may also have to pay for behavioural training or therapy if your puppy develops behavioural problems due to a lack of socialisation earlier in life.
Legal & Fraud Risk
The increased demand for puppies have also brought an increase of puppy scammers. Not only that, puppies bought from dodgy puppy farmers often come with fraudulent papers. This includes false vaccination certificates, microchip details, and even falsified photos. This is done to hide the true origin of the puppy and the identity of the seller. With thousands of animals advertised online on any given day, this is a major industry with little to no animal welfare regulation.
Fighting for their lives
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