5 Clues To Tell A Bad Pet Shop From The Good Pet Shop
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Published by TOP4 Team
Having a pet around, be it a dog or a cat, will have its advantages. You can have a pretty reliable companion if you happen to live alone. You get to exercise as well because you need to walk your dog. You also would certainly appreciate the warm and eager greeting you get when you walk in the door because it will obliterate all the bad things that has happened at work.
OK. So dogs might have more advantages than cats as pets. But cats can be warm and loving, too when they know you are in a rut. Even fish or hamsters have a way of turning your mood around.
Whatever pets you are thinking of getting, it pays to scrutinise the pet shop before making that all-important decision to buy a dog, cat, fish, or hamster. And it is a huge decision not some impulse buy because you are essentially responsible for another life.
Once you are certain you can take care of a pet, consider these five clues that sound the alarm on a really bad pet shop.
1. It reeks once you step into the door.
Indeed, pets can stink up a room. They will do their business or give off a rather strong scent. However, the rank aroma should not remain for long provided that the person caring for the animal knows how to keep the pet and its surroundings clean. A pet shop should not smell bad.
2. It appears unsanitary.
Some pet shops will pass the “smell test” but fail with the cleanness category. If the shop is in disarray, with disorganized displays, clutter, and more importantly, unsanitary areas for pets, leave and report it the animal welfare authorities.
3. The pets look unhealthy and sick.
A good pet shop will have healthy and happy pets — even though they are kept confined. From runny eyes to dull coats, look for signs that tell you the animals are sick. You should also consider the wellbeing of the pet, if they are sad or seem to have no energy. Again, report the pet shop to the animal welfare authorities.
4. The pet shop cannot produce the required licenses and permits.
Every business is required to display its licenses and permits. This tells consumers like you that it has gone through an inspection and verification by governing bodies.
5. The pet shop cannot give you the pet’s medical records.
Most countries require pet shops to provide the complete medical records of the pets they sell. Pet shops should not knowingly sell a sickly animal.
Pets are wonderful to have around. But you need to know you are fully prepared for the responsibility that comes with taking care of one. As a sound alternative to pet shops, go to animal shelters and rescue an animal that truly needs your love and care. You might get the pet for free or make a small donation.