What has more worms than Don Burke’s compost bin?
A pet store endorsed by Harry Cooper.
In Carrum Downs Victoria there is a pet store named Passion For Pets. Passion by name perhaps, however I would question the passion of any responsible retailer of pets selling, let alone displaying, pets in the condition you will see below.
As highlighted by Oscars Law after a supporter contacted them, Passion For Pets in Carrum Downs are proudly displaying in their store display glass enclosures two Staffordshire Terriers that are covered in ringworm skin lesions.
Ringworm is a particularly nasty skin disease, causing extreme itching and irritation. However despite its name it is not actually a worm, it is a highly contagious fungus of the skin.
As veterinary site WebMD.com point out
“Puppies less than a year old are most prone to infection, but malnourished, immunocompromised and stressed dogs are also at a greater risk than healthy animals. And because transmission of the ringworm fungus can occur via contact with infected animals and bedding, dishes and other materials in the environment where infected hair or scales may collect, ringworm can quickly spread in kennels, shelters and other places where there are many dogs in a close environment.”
If there is one thing that sounds like it would flourish in a puppy factory or farm it is Ringworm. Well, that and Parvo, something that dogs sold at Passion For Pets Carrum Down have been sold with previously. In fact the Puppy Factory environment may well be described as a type of Ringworm petri-dish.
I guess talking about Ringworm and Parvo weren’t high on Harry Cooper’s agenda when he rocked up to Passion For Pets Carrum Down to endorse and promote the store owners and puppy factory retail outlet in September 2012 as if it were some kind of respectable business.
For those who may have been a customer of Passion For Pets in the last week or two, there is no need to panic. However, that said, it would be wise to take your pet to your vet for a check-up and anything you purchased from the store will either need to be disinfected or chucked in the trash, no matter what type of product it is.
For anyone thinking of going there, think again, and when I say think again I mean in a couple of months. As I mentioned earlier this is a shocking condition and is highly contagious and can be spread by human contact as well as animals.
Passion For Pets Facebook Page has been flooded with complaints and comments about these suffering pups, but yet they remain on display. Perhaps they should be renamed Itchy and Scratchy.
This woeful situation is just one more example of why you should not be looking at purchasing a pet from a pet store. Ever.
Actually, given the risk of infection customers run the risk every time they purchase anything at all from a pet store that stocks live animals people would be best to buy their their products in a retailer that doesn’t sell live animals. That way they can be sure they won’t be getting a disease thrown in as an unwanted bonus.
Any store that stocks puppies is purchasing the products of puppy farmers, and in doing so are making customers and their pets vulnerable to diseases such as Parvo and Ringworm.
Harry Cooper likes to say if you buy from a pet store you know what you are getting.
You know what Harry? That’s the problem.