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Arthritis Linked to Pet Store Puppies

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

What is the connection between pet stores, puppy mills, and younger dogs with joint degeneration? Typically arthritis in dogs doesn’t tend to show up before age seven. However, the folks at Flexcin, the parent company of the joint supplement called FlexPet, found that many of their customers are giving FlexPet supplements to younger dogs.

Golden Retrievers tend to get hip dysplasia.

Over a period of five months, Flexcin advisors interviewed approximately 565 dog owners whose dogs are between the ages of four and seven. All of these dog owners said they were giving their dogs FlexPet for joint discomfort. The purpose of these interviews was to ask a series of questions that would possibly uncover a better understanding of why dogs of that age would be in need of a joint supplement. Flexcin found that a large percent of these dogs came from pet shops. Only 19.8 percent came from animal shelters. 

It’s been widely documented that puppies that come from puppy mills and pet stores face a number of unhealthy circumstances. “Puppies and dogs that come from pet stores are most often raised in cramped, small cages, and they mostly receive no exercise because of a severe lack of space, “ says Debi Day of No Kill Nation. “And these puppy mill breeders don’t care about their welfare. Muscle atrophy sets in, and their back and hips never get fully developed, not to mention mental problems that can occur due to ‘cage rage.’”

Participants revealed that the majority of dogs began showing their first signs of joint pain at age five. So, you know my feelings on this: Adopt, don’t shop!

27 comments to Arthritis Linked to Pet Store Puppies

  • sue mcguey

    Good article Michele…..I’ve always said Adopt Don’t Shop or foster or take someone elses “cast-offs”!!!
    Shared!:)))))

  • Rhonda Rogers

    I couldn’t agree more. Rescue is my favorite breed!

  • SANDI CRIST

    DON’T HAVE A DOG, BUT GREAT ARTICLE. ALL MY CATS WERE ADOPTED!

  • Carol Hupp

    good article Michele, thank you for sharing!!!

  • Sonia

    I’m with you; I never shop at stores that sell puppies.

  • BradBennett

    It really surprises me that people still don’t know about puppy mills. Thanks for this post.

  • Carmen

    I would never purchase a pet from a store. It is a direct line to a puppy mill. Thanks!

  • Elsie Au

    Yes, I’m with you. Adopt, don’t shop!

  • Danielle

    Thanks Michele, I agree with the others here: Adopt, Don’t Shop.

  • It is a shame that anyone would keep a pet in such confined quarters for any length of time. I wish everyone would know about puppy mills and that there would be strict laws–jail time–for those who run them.

  • Henriette Matthijssen

    Thanks Michele for the article.

  • CarolynLoeber

    My dog was a rescue from a hoarder who ran a puppy mill. He is 7 years old and is showing signs of arthritis. I give him natural supplements. But it is good to tell people to Adopt, Not Shop!

  • Shawna

    Thanks for another reason to not shop at stores that sell puppies.

  • Ginger

    Oh yeah & who only what other problems these poor dogs who come from puppy mills have? My parents & I either adopt from a shelter or take in a stray off the streets.

  • Jill

    Thanks michele, you would think that with all the proof about puppy mills people would never dream of supporting them and they would all be closed down…we can but hope one day!

  • Jerneja

    And a huge percent of 19.8 percent that came from animal shelters was probably dropped there by the family that purchased them in a store(I am just guessing). TY Michele for anothar great article!

  • Ronni Goddard

    Good article, as always, Michelle. I have adopted a shih-tzu rescued from a breeder (along with 11 others kept in appalling conditions) and the vet has advised me he will most likely suffer arthritis as he gets older. He was caged for his whole life, but is now enjoying freedom! 🙂

  • Jerneja, That was my exact thought!–Best, Michele

  • Thanks for the article Michele. My neighbour is going through that now with his retriever, who is 4 years old. He bought her from a breeder, but does not say where. I will pass this info on to him.

  • LittleStar

    Most PET STORE Puppies are Puppy Mill products of careless INBREEDING…which leaves them open to so many genetic disabilities.
    BUY a Pet Store Dog and be guaranteed of BIG Vet Bills to come….WHY not Adopt a Pure Bred Dog from a Rescue or Shelter?
    STOP SUPPORTING BREEDERS !!!!

  • Thanks Michele, I would never buy from a pet shop as most of the animals are from puppy mills and there are already to many in shelters that needs adopted.

  • James

    I would like to see stricter laws regarding puppy mills. And there should be laws that don’t allow pet shops to sell animals.

  • Julie van Niekerk

    Pet Stores and Puppy Mills – The same. Millions of healthy dogs die because people still breed and that is only for money and greed. No compassion from these kind of humans.

  • Gina

    I hate puppy mills, and I boycott all stores that sell animals.

  • Yasmine

    Puppy mills and pet stores that sell puppies are synonymous. Always adopt.

  • janice

    We have noticed that our two rescue dogs have joint pain. They were rescued from a puppy mill.