Advanced Animal Care

 pet scamsThis post from your veterinary clinic in Berea is about avoiding pet scams.  It’s really too bad that in our society today we have to worry about scams and people who are looking for ways to get our money or trick us into things.  It is really sad when those scams involve pets because the people who are scamming are taking advantage of our love for pets and our desire to help pets.  Here are some of the pet scams I’ve heard of and how to avoid them.

Buying Pets Online

My sister was looking for a pet dog.  She wanted a rare breed and found two puppies online.  She contacted the owners and sent money to hold the puppies.  These puppies were from out west and would need to be transported.  My sister isn’t naïve or dumb as you might think when you read this.  She just fell in love with the puppies and the pictures and wanted them really bad.  It wasn’t long until the puppies needed something medically and they asked her to pay.  Then they needed something to do with the transportation and they asked for more money.  You would be surprised how many people keep giving money to pet scams like this before the light turns on and they realize they’ve been the victim.  Usually these  pet scams are done overseas or by clever people who rarely get caught.  The best thing you can do, is don’t give money to someone without seeing the merchandise or without knowing you are dealing with a legitimate company or breeder. 

Getting Pets through Classified Ads

I don’t want to give the idea that buying a pet or finding a free pet in the classified ads is bad.  It is a great place for legitimate small breeders to advertise and it’s also a great place for people to rehome pets they can no longer take care of.  The important thing to remember when you are buying a pet is that it is healthy.  You don’t want to spend money on a pet only to find out it needs surgery from your veterinary clinic in Berea.  If it is a puppy then the breeder should have shot records or a medical exam that certifies the puppy is healthy.  Your Berea veterinary clinic offers these services to breeders all the time.

I have to admit, that this is the scam that got me.   Many years ago I was looking for a chinchilla to mate with one I already had.  I found a really nice chinchilla but when I got to the house I suspected it was older than what they had led me to believe.  I was leery but I wasn’t used to turning away from animals and I was in a hurry.  So I bought the chinchilla only to bring it home and find out it had malocclusion and required surgery on its teeth.  This was a good lesson for me to learn to be patient and to be picky when it comes to buying pets, especially for my breeding pairs.

Avoiding Pet Scams When Rehoming Pets

The last scam or trickery I want to discuss is making sure when you sell a pet or rehome a pet you can no longer take care of,  that you make sure you find a good lifelong home for your pet.  This should be a no brainer, but people can pretend to care when they don’t.  You don’t want to give away a pet that you love and have dearly cared for only to find out that the person who took your pet sells anything and everything at the flea market each weekend.   

On the other side of the coin, be aware of people who sell stolen pets.  If a pet looks like it has a pedigree ask to see papers.  You can’t always tell that a pet is stolen but sometimes the pet will give you clues.  If they seem scared or don’t really know who their owner is, maybe that would be a good sign the pet is stolen.

The best way to avoid pet scams is to be careful and pay attention to your instincts and intuition.  If it seems too good to be true, it is.  If you have questions about a pet or pet care, please call your veterinary clinic in Berea, Advanced Animal Care, they will be happy to assist you.