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10/23/2010Provided by Citysearch
Our first time going to Animal House it was for fish. Shortly after getting our tank up and running we made a trip to the local pet store, Animal House. Within weeks after purchasing them, our fish died. We cleaned the tank and started over, this time purchasing fish from a different more reputable pet store with much better results.
Next time we visited Animal House it was to purchase a guinea pig as we recently rescued a lone female, who needed a buddy. We were sure to purchase another female to avoid babies. However, to our surprise, the lil lady we purchased is pregnant. I should have known better when we walked in and found males intermixed with females.
I called them up, mostly out of curiosity to see what they would say. I was advised that it's ""no big deal"" and that once the piggy delivers to mark the calendar because they will buy back the babies. What this tells me, is that it is an often occurance. This also means that there is much inbreeding which for these animals can mean respiratory problems, poor imune systems and weak hips.
I was warned by others that Animal House is not a reputable place, but I still gave them two tries. I will most certainly NOT be taking the babies to them and I highly recommend that others not frequent the store.. at least not if you are looking for a healthy animal.
07/30/2010Provided by Citysearch
First off, I couldn't believe when I read this from a reviewer:
""...is now four years old, but has a slipped disc, which is common to this breed, and had nothing to do with the store who sold the puppy, nor the reputable breeder, who provided extensive background on this doxie's history”
Haha. I’m sorry, but reputable dog breeders DO NOT SELL TO PET STORES. Reputable dog breeders love the animals they produce and do not simply hand them over to any schmuck who gives him enough cash, nor will they allow them to be caged in a tiny kennel all day on bare wire with little/no toys or stimulation, especially such a critical stage in their life. They also get them altered prior to them going to their new home if they are going to just be pets so that greedy BYB don’t pump out more dogs.
Anyway, this pet store is crap and staffed by lazy kids. I have seen the employees just chatting away with friends while there are dead decomposing fish in the fish tanks and animals are without water in the bowls, or their food is old and nasty (such as the omnivorous reptiles).
Anyone who says they take care of their animals properly is ignorant of animal husbandry and/or a complete moron.
Un-altered rabbits and guinea pigs in the same enclosure is not proper animal husbandry. Reptiles kept with no thermostat to control their temps is not proper animal husbandry. Goldfish jam-packed into small tubs is not proper animal husbandry (goldfish need 10 gallons PER fish – there’s a reason why the majority of these fish die in a few days/weeks when they can live to be 12-25+ YEARS) Also, “feeder” goldfish are horrible. They are full of disease (due to being over-crowded and kept in improper conditions) and cause thiamine deficiency in many animals. The fact that they sell these animals with the intent to be fed to other pets shows they are clueless. Hermit crabs kept on 2 inches of substrate without a bowl of both fresh and salt water is not proper animal husbandry. Japanese/coturnix quail housed in small bird travel cages is not proper animal husbandry. Tarantulas kept in cages with cotton balls in their water dish causing the cage to be over-run with mold is not proper husbandry and is unsanitary and disgusting. Not to mention all the dead rotting cricket carcasses in many of the animal cages.
Those are just off the top of my head.
If they are so knowledgeable and great about taking care of animals, why is it that they have a big sign in the reptile/fish area that says NO GUARANTEES whatsoever? Every reptile breeder I have purchased from online offers a health guarantee for AT LEAST a week, if not a month.
This store is just plain awful and is the reason so many people are against selling live animals in stores, and why it is becoming the law in some places.
If anyone still thinks this is a good pet store, take pictures of the animal set ups and post them on a website geared toward the care of said animals, such as tropicalfishkeeping(dot)com, monster fish keepers, kingsnake(dot)com, ball-python(dot)net, the hermit crab association, etc. and ask them how good their husbandry is.
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