Puppies purchased from pet stores are blamed for a bacterial infection which has made dozens of people sick. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), puppies from Petland stores have caused at least 39 people to become sick with Campylobacter.
The CDC stated:
As of September 11, 2017, the outbreak includes 39 cases in 7 states (Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin). A list of the number of cases by state can be found on the Case Count Map page. Illnesses began on dates ranging from September 15, 2016 through August 12, 2017. The most recent illness was reported on September 1, 2017.
Laboratory findings have linked the outbreak to puppies sold through Petland stores – 12 of the people who fell ill are Petland employees from four states and the remaining people impacted by the infection either recently purchased a Petland puppy, visited a Petland store, or live (or visited) at a home where a puppy sold through Petland resides.
Symptoms of the infection (in both puppies and people) include fever, diarrhea (possibly bloody), vomiting and fever.
The CDC has advised:
Follow these steps when choosing a puppy or dog:
- Pick a puppy or dog that is bright, alert, and playful. Puppies and dogs should have shiny, soft fur that is free of poop (feces).
- Take your new puppy or dog to the veterinarian for a health check-up within a few days to a week after adoption.
- More information on choosing and caring for a puppy or dog is available here.
Follow these steps if your puppy or dog is ill:
- Contact your veterinarian. Signs of illness include appearing sluggish, not eating, diarrhea, and abnormal breathing. Keep in mind that even a dog that appears healthy might spread germs to people and other animals.
- If your puppy or dog becomes sick or dies soon after purchase or adoption, take it to the veterinarian promptly, and inform the pet store, breeder, or rescue organization about your dog’s illness or death.
- Thoroughly clean the area occupied by your ill pet. If your puppy died, consider waiting at least a few weeks before purchasing or adopting another pet to reduce the chance of spreading disease to your new pet.
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