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A New Texas Law Aims to End Puppy Mills – Part 3

Thursday, August 16th, 2012
These are 3 day old Labrador Retriever puppies.

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 about the Dog and Cat Breeders Act of Texas and puppy mills that will hopefully be penalized and shut down as a result of this new law which goes into effect September 1, 2012.

How do puppy mills affect the well-being of puppies?

• Disease and illness are common in puppies from puppy mills.
• Because of the lack of veterinary care and the use of sick dogs in breeding pools, puppies are prone to have conditions which are congenital and hereditary.
• Some of the hereditary and congenital problems puppies from puppy mills suffer from include (naming a few): epilepsy, heart disease, deafness, eye problems, kidney disease, musculoskeletal disorders such as hip dysplasia.
• In addition, the puppies are often diseased; it’s not uncommon for the pups to have one or more infirmities, such as the following: parvovirus, mange, fleas, giardia, distemper, pneumonia, heartworm, and intestinal parasites.

Puppies sometimes have behavioral problems because they aren’t properly socialized at the puppy mill. Sadly, puppies are typically separated from their mothers and littermates at six weeks of age. The period that the puppies are deprived of is critical for socialization. The time spent with their mom and the litter helps to prevent aggression, fear, extreme shyness, and anxiety.

While it is hoped that this new Texas law will help put a stop to puppy mills, there are many legitimate dog breeders who have spoken up to say that they will be put out of business because of specifics of the new guidelines. Read more in our continuing series.

–By Guest Contributor

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