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Petsmart disease outbreak

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Not sure if you all have heard about this horrible situation with Petsmart. It is heartbreaking. Sadly, I was in Petsmart a few months ago when this was probably just starting and saw a sick budgie on the cage floor. I told the staff that he didn't look well. It must have been the beginning.

Apparently Petsmart gets their budgies from a large breeder (think puppy mill style). The breeder sent Petsmarts nationwide sick birds. The disease spread like wild fire and even humans got sick. It is a big deal. The worst part about it, is that Petsmart is sending most -if not all of these birds- back to this breeder where they will be put down.

I just don't think I can shop somewhere where they knowingly buy birds from a breeder like this and then send them back like some bad product! Especially, when it is known what will happen to them. Sorry for ranting, but it is not business as usual when you are dealing with live animals who experience emotions and pain, and who ultimately have a right to live now that they have been brought into the world.

This thread has more details but I won't be shopping at Petsmart anymore:
http://talkbudgies.com/showthread.php?t=210818

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This is awful.
Psittacosis can be treated with medicine, there is no reason for killing birds because of that. Unfortunately we will always find people in society who have no respect towards living creatures.
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Unfortunately with that number of Birds it is probably better to just put them down. Petsmart as well as the breeder that they came from would have to shell out THOUSANDS of dollars to treat those birds. And the fact that it is so widespread it would be better to put them down just to stop the spread of the disease.
It is definitely sad!

Do you know if this was in the U.S? If it is then our Canadian stores should still be fine I would think since it costs a lot of money to import birds.



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Petsmart is where we rescued our conure from a few months ago. I talked to a former employee of this company some years ago over another incident and she said she quit as the store where she was working was run so badly she couldn't stand to see what they did to the animals there. And, that it definately went against all the training she'd received at the Petsmart had given their employees prior to hiring them.
I have a hard time being charitable toward people that work at these places. I feel for these birds who are the innocent victims of these crimes.
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Unfortunately with that number of Birds it is probably better to just put them down. Petsmart as well as the breeder that they came from would have to shell out THOUSANDS of dollars to treat those birds. And the fact that it is so widespread it would be better to put them down just to stop the spread of the disease.
It is definitely sad!

Do you know if this was in the U.S? If it is then our Canadian stores should still be fine I would think since it costs a lot of money to import birds.
Yes it is in the States, I was in PetSmart over the weekend, I was talking to and sticking my finger in the cage with a sweet little yellow sided green cheek when I remembered the recall. I immediately washed my hands in hand sanitizer and left the store without the toys and or treats I was going to buy. If the budgies were infected and recalled, why do they still have finches and conures on sale, they should all be withdrawn from sale until tested and declared disease free!

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Petsmart is where we rescued our conure from a few months ago. I talked to a former employee of this company some years ago over another incident and she said she quit as the store where she was working was run so badly she couldn't stand to see what they did to the animals there. And, that it definately went against all the training she'd received at the Petsmart had given their employees prior to hiring them.
I have a hard time being charitable toward people that work at these places. I feel for these birds who are the innocent victims of these crimes.
Eve if you bought a conure from PetSmart within the last few months, I would have him tested for psiticosis, from what I have read this outbreak was started in Dec. birds can appear disease free for a long time before getting sick, some may become carriers and infect other birds without appearing ill themselves.
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ANY animal in those shops that were there at the time of any potential infected Budgie needs to be tested for Psittacosis, it can carry over to different species, every single bird there is at risk it is not only Budgies that get it. If anyone on here has bought an animal from there please please get it tested.
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The ONLY things I ever buy at PetSmart are tanks/enclosures for my Reptiles if they are having their sales as they get pretty cheap.
But most of the PetSmarts around here take pretty good care of their animals, so that's good at least.



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Yes it is in the States, I was in PetSmart over the weekend, I was talking to and sticking my finger in the cage with a sweet little yellow sided green cheek when I remembered the recall. I immediately washed my hands in hand sanitizer and left the store without the toys and or treats I was going to buy. If the budgies were infected and recalled, why do they still have finches and conures on sale, they should all be withdrawn from sale until tested and declared disease free!
Yeah but they'll just send them back to be killed

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I think care of the animals varies from store to store. Unfortunately, they all come from the same place. Who knows where/what that is. :/ I think chain pet stores should not be selling small animals like that.




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Does the US government have a professional psittacosis management?
In Germany that really helped.
We had a very strict psittacosis law for decades.
There were many regulations for bird breeders.
Every case of psittacosis had to be reported to the health administration.
Last year the law was abolished, because psittacosis is nearly eradicated in Germany.

I hope the breeder who sold the sick birds to Petsmart feels very guilty and will be punished.
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Psittacosis is a horrible disease. It's destroyed my flock twice. Terrible. Amelia is spot on about it affecting all animals, not just birds. I don't recommend visiting the stores until it is all sorted as just because you didn't go near the animals or touch them, it can still be on everything. When we had it, we had to gas out the house with the F10 foggers, not nice at all!

When they're milling birds that way, they don't consider the diseases what so ever. They're just conveyor belt animals and as long as they get a bit of money in their pockets they couldn't care less

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