Pet Shack Chihuahuas / Sick Pup
I bought a pup from Petshack back in Oct 2011. We traveled 6 hours to pick up a beautiful little male pup. Wasn't too sure about getting him at 8 weeks tho. I was told that he was not 100% weaned, so she assured me that if I got him home from his mom then he would eat. Well we go to SC to pick him up and I'm informed that the pup has a cough, so she gives me the meds that her vet gave her. Well we get the pup he was fine from what we could tell. Get him home, he drinks tons of water and eats a bite here and there but not enough to fill a bird. So we travel to my parents in WV and it seems from then on he got soo sick. He would not eat at all and he was loosing weight and was really thin and could not understand what could have happened overnight. So on the third day of having him I took him to the vet, the vet said he was plainly unhealthy from the beginning, he was under one pound and not weaned at all and thats why he was not eatting. He was one pound when we picked him up. The vet took two stool samples and found out he had HOOK worms and plainly told me that this pup will die because he is unhealthy and too small to handle the worms. I was told my Petshack to feed him baby food, vet said NO he needs puppy milk and thats what he gave me, and to feed him around the clock, I did this and it did not help. I also done everything Petshack told me to do and it didnt work either. I was giving him sugar drops like he needed, giving him food thru a syringe. I should have not got him until he was 12 weeks but she insisted that we take him home. Come the 5th day, he was a mess, stool running out of him, seizing, eyes floating and it was horrible. She travels to WV to try and nurse him back to health and we meet up and it was just too late, she gives him pepto (don't know if that is safe or not but she did) and he died right then. I do appreicate the fact that she came to WV to help nurse my pup but he was way to sick buy then. I was a mess, and all she could say was my guarantee is only good for 72 hours and thatshe don't guarantee pups that small...she was cussing and screaming that my vet diagnosed the pup wrong and that he had coccidia and not hook worms, and after that she never spoke to me or contacted me. The vet told me she had to know the pup was sick and he should have never left at 8 weeks old. Well she had went back home and was telling people I killed this pup and that breaks my heart, I never would harm any animal. She claims she worms her pups every week or every other week, cannot remember but needless to say I was screwed out of a pup and my money! The only reason why I am complaining is because I have tried on several occasions to contact her about getting another pup, and she never returned my messages or phone calls or even acknowledge the fact that anything had happen...I wish that I would have taken the time to research breeders to see what/who they really are, according to other buyers of Petshack, they have had the same problems and if I would have know this before hand I would have never bought a pup from her. I had put my trust in her hands, I had a small child that I had to explain to him what happened to the pup and you know how hard that is to explain to a 3 year old and he loved this pup. They would sit on the couch together, he would cuddle up on my son's lap. But what set me off is when I found out Petshack was telling others that I KILLED this pup and that was it for me. She didn't bother to tell this people that he had hook worms so I am and have told these other people that he did have hook worms and come to find out that the 'cough' he had when I picked him up has a sign of him having hook worms and apparently she knew this!!! SO BUYERS PLEASE BEWARE, DO RESEARCH ON YOUR BREEDERS, ASK FOR REFERENCES BEFORE YOU UP AND BUY OR TRAVEL HOURS TO PICK UP A PUP.