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That is just horrible! The way they were just throwing the little guys in the box, I just don't know what to say. And to think that they send the sick/ unwanted little guys back to that horrible place! I knew you weren't supose to buy from a pet store and especialy Petco and Petsmart but so the workers and people at those places know about this or at least feel horrible bad for suporting the store and warehouse?! And to think my little piggy Jesse went through that, I will never buy a pet there again! R.I.P little Jesse, Charly, and Spot I miss you lots!
 

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That is so disturbing on so many levels.
 

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That is SO wrong in so many ways. How could someone do that?
 

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Absoloutely repulsive. No words.
 

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For those who don't understand why pet stores are not to be supported, this is an excellent example of why you shoudn't purchase animals from pet stores. And a reminder to the rest of us.
 

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That is just horrible! The way they were just throwing the little guys in the box, I just don't know what to say. And to think that they send the sick/ unwanted little guys back to that horrible place! I knew you weren't supose to buy from a pet store and especialy Petco and Petsmart but so the workers and people at those places know about this or at least feel horrible bad for suporting the store and warehouse?! And to think my little piggy Jesse went through that, I will never buy a pet there again! R.I.P little Jesse, Charly, and Spot I miss you lots!

Many of the employees may be ignorant or not care since the animals are "just merchandise" basically :(
 

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I can tell you why pet stores such as these shouldn't be supported, from just today.

I went in to PetSmart to check the small animals (I regularly do) and found the two male pigs to be quite ill, crusty eyes and nose, not moving, labored breathing, classic symptoms of a URI.

I pointed this out to the manager, making sure other customers and employees heard me, and was disgusted to learn that they are indeed well aware of the problem and not only that, but they have another pig who is even worse off "in the back" that they won't put in the "showroom" because he "won't sell" and "puts customers off."

I asked what they were doing for the pigs, and the manager informed me that their onsite vets (Banfield) were "checking on them" four times a day and that they'd been treated repeatedly but nothing's helping. I asked if they were getting an antibiotic and he said, nah, no need, it's just conjunctivitis. I told him they need to be on an antibiotic, nothing penicillin based, and he blew me off, so I went to talk to the Banfield folks, who explained, again, that the pigs just have conjunctivitis and not to worry. I explained to the "small animal specialist" that these pigs were very sick and would die without antibiotics, and that the antibiotics needed to be cavy safe, something like Baytril. The man guffawed and said Baytril was "too expensive" to give a "guinea pig."

I was then essentially told I could buy the pigs and take them to a vet of my choosing or get out.

I'll be calling back in the morning, when presumably someone else will be there, and hopefully I can get them to contact my vet, who is very experienced with small animals, for assistance.

After having this experience, I'm not sure why anyone would be inspired to go and buy a guinea pig or other small animals from such uncaring and irresponsible people and corporations, yet somehow there still are. Wonderful.
 
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Uggh Paula I have done that too. At one of the petstores around me, not chain, keeps the male and female guinea pigs together and thy have babies on end. I have talked to thm so many times, when they see me, they must be thinking "oh that girls back again." The7y just dont care. I offered to pay for a divider for he males and females and they said its not necisary, they just sell the babies. My mom had to drag me out once because I was so mad I was crying and telling them that they are monsters just letting the guinea pigs breed back to back.


Don't even get me started with the URI's. A few visits before I exploded, I told them to go to my vets to get he pigs back to health and th manager looked at me like I was insane. He replied " who would EVER take a guinea pig to the vet, its not worth it and we can just get more." Grr, they annoy me beyond words.
 

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This is VERY sad! My daughter and I went to Petco today to return some things we purchased for our piggies (before we knew any better), and the "Rabbit Resuce" was there show casing some very cute baby piggies. When we walked toward the Small pet isle , there we saw a very nasty glass cage housing 2 older piggies that looked VERY sick. My daughter who is 8 was very upset! She wanted me to take them home and make them better. As hard as it was not to help those poor piggies, I had to explain to her why we cannot "BUY" them . She was still sad and tears came , I asked an employe and she had an attitude and said they looked fine! It makes me sick to see this happen! And again I question these Rescues that come into Petco and advertise adoption , while other piggies are still being sold! It was a very sad day for my daughter but she is learning from this, she told me in the car "Mommy I going to tell all my friends to NEVER shop at Petco"!
 

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I am very sick to my stomach and understand why Petstores are not supported. I am very ashamed but now I can educate other people who do not know about this. :( That is so sad.
 

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That is disgusting!!
 

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I don't have the words to describe my feelings...
 

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Ugh the poor animals! I knew about not buying hamsters from petstores because everytime I went to look, at least some of them seem to be sick. So I had strayed away from that and went the adoption route. And glad I had gone that way because when I went back my second time to adopt another hamster, there was an EXPLOSION of them in the rescue. I felt so bad because to a lot of people they were just rats and no one wanted them. I had NO idea that they had guinea pigs for adoption too; I figured it was just a once in a blue moon situation, where someone had died and couldn't take care of it and so the guinea pig was given up to a rescue. I never knew that they were intentionally bred, mistreated badly (because in technical terms, they earn a lot more money than a itsy bitsy hamster does), and left to die when they were sick. It's just not cruel to the animal, it just shows how heartless us humans can be and makes me wonder how there can be people like that out there!
 

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Things like this make me angry to a murderous level.
 

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What happened when you called back the next day?
 

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All of their videos, are horrifying, tear wrenching, and sobering. This disgusts me.
 

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This is just horrible. My local petsmart isnt the greatest but I have to say one manager is the best. She takes to guinea pigs and chinchillas out every night when the store quiets down to socialize them. She even stay there after hours if the store is to busy to play with them. She checks to see if there are sick animals and if there are crusties or labored breathing and takes them to the vet. I dont know for a fact if they really do but when I bought my boy from the petstore(before I knew, I adopted my second piggy once I found out) he was sick and they paid for me to bring him into the emergency vet which was a 120+ bill. Im not saying that petsmart is a good thing by any means but its nice to know that atleast one manger cares and treats the animals like they are suppose to be.
 

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When you buy a pet store animal, you are supporting pet mills. It has nothing to do with whether or not the store managers are caring or nice.
 

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This is disgusting. I'm too angry and upset to write anything else right now :(
 
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