All pups are beautiful and wonderful regardless of their origins. But what does it mean to take in a dog born from a puppy mill?
The cruel conditions that pups are subjected to at this illegal breeding sites can result in a few issues with a pup’s health, so you need to be aware of what loving your puppy mill pup requires you to look out for. Here are five issues to note.
1. Congenital issues
The parents of your pup may have simply been chosen for breeding because they were there, meaning their genetic health wasn’t checked beforehand to assess genetic diseases. Those parents were likely inbred as well. This means that puppy mill dog has a substantial chance of having genetic health defects.
2. Orthopedic issues
There’s a high demand for very big and very small dogs. In order to meet those requirements, puppy mills often attempt to breed pups that are smaller or larger than they’re meant to be. However, tiny and huge pups both have a high risk of having their knee caps slipping out of position, on top of a litany of other potential conditions: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, arthritis, and the inability to walk.
3. Dermatologic disease
A condition known as Demodecosis, which involves mange mites called Demodex, result in no hair on the body and have a very strong genetic link. Pups with this issue are usually recommended to be desexed due to this fact, but puppy mills are likely to ignore that. Pups who aren’t screened for the genetic link can give birth to pups who have this condition, and treatment is expensive and isn’t always successful.
4. Dental disease
Puppy mill breeders often don’t bother excluding pups with malocclusions like underbite, overbite, and tooth misalignment from their breeding. If your pup’s parents didn’t have normal bites, then they may have dental abnormalities that make dental care more difficult or cause pain.
5. Poor prenatal care
Good nutrition and medical care is needed for pups to give birth to healthy babies, and that same care is needed for puppies, too. Poor healthcare is commonplace in puppy mills due to the cost of prenatal and postnatal care. This means that a puppy mill dog may suffer from the effects of the poor nutrition received at the fetal and baby stages. A lack of socialization from the time of birth and being cooped up in a cage doesn’t help, either.
Adopting a pup from a puppy mill from a shelter means knowing and understanding the difficulties that this pup may have health-wise. It is not encouraged to purchase pups from puppy mills, as this act might be seen by us as saving or rescuing the pup, but in reality doing business with a puppy mill allows them to continue what they’re doing. Do share if this information was helpful!