Have you ever thought about the germs your dog can catch by walking into stores, especially pet stores?
Think about, Not all dogs are Germ Free. Not all fur-rents take care of their babies possibly as well as you or I.Dogs walk in their own feces. Feces can carry bacteria and diseases. A dog walks through a pet store who has Girardia and its fur-rents are unaware their furchild has it. The dog earlier that day walked though its own feces. There are remnants of feces in between the dogs pads. The dog is walking through the store possibly leaving Girardia bacteria on the floor.
You walk in with your dog and walk a similar path as the previous dog. Now your dog has walked through the same remnants left on the floor. Will your dog now catch Girardia? This I don’t know. However, there is a risk there, right?
Another scenario, people walking through stores with dirty shoes. Shoes that have been worn in a chicken house or in an auto shop and have debris, possible hazardous traces on them.
You dog walks over the same path that these people have. What are the chances of your dog stepping in something, licking his paws, and getting very sick?
What about at your vet’s office? There are plenty of sick animals that come and go out of there. I know for a fact, mine doesn’t clean the floors as soon as an animal comes or goes. What is the risk of infection there?
Last month we went to a pet store and to my surprise, there was regular rock salt right on the doorway! It had snowed and there was a bit of ice down. Thankfully, I don’t take Titan shopping anymore with me or I would really have flipped out.
I’ve heard horror stories of what rock salt/deicer can do to an animals pads. Mind you, this is a pet store that should have easy access to some SafePaws deicer or another “Safe for Pets” deicer.
I was so angry, I sent them an email when I got home!
Am I being a lil paranoid or overprotective? Or are my concerns justified?
What are your thoughts?