Demand More Vet Visits for Puppy Mill Dogs!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 9:30am
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Just take a quick look at these distressing photos, and it’s obvious: Many puppy mill dogs clearly do not receive adequate veterinary care. The dogs in these photos are suffering from symptoms of grave neglect—emaciation, severe matting, advanced dental disease, eye and ear infections, skin diseases and mammary growths—that indicate a lack of regular, preventive veterinary care. This is especially true of adult breeding dogs, who typically are bred at every opportunity regardless of their health.

Why does this happen? Part of the problem is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the enforcement agency for dog breeding requirements outlined in the Animal Welfare Act, recommends that facilities have veterinarians visit a minimum of once a year. An annual veterinary exam may be sufficient for a well-cared-for pet, but for dogs living in crowded, filthy enclosures and enduring frequent pregnancies—which vets consider a state of “accelerated starvation” because it is so physically taxing—annual vet visits are simply not enough.

Take Action!
The USDA is accepting comments on its veterinary care policy until Friday, October 11. Please tell the agency to revise its policy to recommend twice-a-year vet exams for animals, especially breeding animals. Submit your comments directly on this government webpage—we’ve provided talking points you may use (below), but your message will be more powerful if you tell the USDA how you feel in your own words.

The USDA’s Policy #3 on veterinary care falls short of common professional standards. The recommendation that veterinary visits occur “at least annually” is not sufficient to protect animals.
-Breeding dogs frequently suffer from emaciation, severe matting, advanced dental disease, eye and ear infection, skin diseases, and mammary growths that indicate a lack of regular, preventive care.
-Organizations including the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, the American Kennel Club, the American College of Theriogenologists and the Society for Theriogenology recommend semiannual veterinary exams and veterinary exams prior to breeding.
-Please revise Policy #3 to recommend a hands-on veterinary exam at least twice annually for all animals, particularly those bred more than once a year.


On behalf of the puppy mill dogs, thank you for your help.

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Karen Eldred

If you can't see to shut these puppy mills down at least help to do something to care for these animals. These animals are not trash.

Stephanie Walters

The United States is supposed to be setting an example of being protectors and defenders of our animals. We need to be an example to third-world countries of caring about our animals. They have feelings, emotions and PAIN just as humans do. If we are supposed to set an example, let's BE the example.

Scott V. Orsi

Man's best friend deserves better treatment, as do all pets. Stop the cruelty, shut them down!


Don't let criminals harm more innocent animals we have to be their voices and raising them also for dog fighting and the list goes on!Stop Puppy mills..


God watches every move you make. He see's how you treat others and how you protect his beautiful creations. { Animals } Please stop puppy mills. Animals deserve so much better.

Angela Delzeith

I can't understand how this is allowed to happen. These innocent dogs are living in hell! Something must be done to shut down puppy mills! Policies must be changed! Penalties must be more harsh! These places need to be leaned on! Help these voiceless babies. If you stand back and watch this happen and do nothing you are just as guilty as the mill owners!

Monica P

As a first world country and one of the most influential societies on the planet the US should be setting an example. Caring about animals, particularly those that serve and care for us as well. Let’s make sure pets live in loving conditions, humane.

vishwa prasad

shut down puppy mills

vishwa prasad

shut down puppy mills.


USDA - Please put a stop to the unnecessary suffering so many of these helpless dogs are put through. If you will not stop dog breeding and puppy sales all together, at least revise your policy #3 to require vet exams every 2 months.