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.
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!