The dog industry in the U.S. is a $53 billion a year business, pumping out more toys, treats, beds, and organic dog foods than any other country in the world. But it's not all chew toys and leashes in the business: Puppy mills, where scores of animals are kept in cages no bigger than the animal for the sole purpose of breeding, are a rising problem. Dogs born in the mills are sold and shipped to pet stores throughout the country. Often these dogs grow up to have severe medical conditions and behavioral issues.
This is why when getting a dog, it's important to avoid dog stores that support puppy mills and rescue or adopt a dog from more reputable sources. Here's how.
The Vet and Home Remedies
If you are adopting from a local shelter the dogs will be up to date on all vaccinations. Check to see if they are micro-chipped, if not a local vet can put one in for a nominal fee. Chips are important on the off chance that you lose your dog while at the dog park or out on a walk. Below is a list of home remedies/maladies that may work for your dog and can cut down on the overall cost of owning a pet.
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- Honey - helps with allergies (put in their food)
- Pumpkin - helps upset stomachs (put in their food)
- Hydrogen peroxide - helps to induce vomiting if they get a hold of something from the list above
- Pedialyte - helps with dehydration from vomiting and diarrhea
- 1 part dye free dish soap/1 part white distilled vinegar - helps with fleas (apply like a shampoo)
- Chamomile tea - helps with minor skin irritations (apply a cooled tea bag to the affected area)
- Bengay - helps stop a dog from destroying chair legs or molding (apply Bengay to the spot the dog is chewing)
- Bag Balm - helps minor cuts
- Vitamin E - promotes healthy skin
- Carrots - helps clean teeth and freshen breath