IS IT AGAINST THE LAW TO SELL A PUPPY BEFORE 8WEEKS? AND WITH OUT VACCINATIONS
WE BOUGHT A MINTURE CHICHUA PINSHER FROM A PET SHOP AND THE PET SHOP STATED THAT SHE WAS 8WEEKS OLD SO WE TOOK HER TO PETCO TO GET VACCINATED AND THE VET STATED SHE WAS LESS THAN 5 WEEKS OLD
on Jan 3rd 2008
in Animal Welfare
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In some states, yes it is. And for good reason, I might add. The puppies need those 1st 2 months (at the very least!) to learn canine "manners" from it's mother and littermates. And a good breeder NEVER let's it leave until it's had it's vaccines! I'm sorry, but if she's from a pet shop, your dog almost for sure came from a puppy mill. Responsible breeders never sell to pet stores. They sell directly to the customer so that they can find the best home pawsible for the puppy that they worked so hard to care for. There may be some decent breeders who sell to pet stores, but, personally, I'll never buy from a pet store or a breeder that will sell to a pet store.
Gray Dawn Treader answered on 1/3/08. Helpful? / 3
There isn't a nationwide law in regards to how old the puppy must be before it is separated from its mother and litter mates, but in the majority of states, the law says the pup must be at least 8 weeks old. (Some states say 9 weeks, others 7.)
The reason these laws are in place is that they are for the well-being of the puppies. Pups learn a lot at a very young age, and in the time period between 5 and 12 weeks, they learn a lot of important social skills, such as bite inhibition, for example. Most puppies are also not fully weaned and ready for solid foods until 6 to 7 weeks old, and pups don't receive their first set of puppy shots until 6 weeks.
Unfortunately, you've just found out what it's like to buy from a pet store. Pet stores get most of their dogs from puppy mills and don't care about the dogs' health or well being, only about how much money they can make by selling them.
Abby answered on 1/4/08. Helpful? / 3
Those answers were right on, the only thing I'd add is this:
Now that you know you have a very young puppy (what is essentially an infant), you will need to be very careful with her until she gets a bit older.
The vet probably did not vaccinate her, I'm assuming, due to her age. She is vulnerable to a lot of illnesses, so when you take her out in public, until she's had her first shots, make sure you carry her and only have playdates with "safe" dogs whom you know have been vaccinated.
Don't bathe her until she's at least 10 weeks old and even then, make sure it is only because it is absolutely necessary and make sure she's dried thoroughly aftewards and kept warm.
Basically, you have a tiny baby on your hands and you have to be extra careful with her until she's developed strongly enough to be a bit more sturdy.
Good luck with your new pup!
Jack answered on 1/4/08. Helpful? / 2