One of the worst things ever for a pet owner is dealing with a sick pet, especially if it's some kind of bullshit sickness. Real sickness is stressful. No one wants Mr. Poochy to die. Bullshit sickness is rage-inducing, like if Mr. Poochy ate a bunch of houseplants and you need to take him in to make sure he's not been poisoned, but it turns out he's fine, he'll just have diarrhea for a few days, and the vet will now take $400 from you for his time. But at least at the end of the day, you have that option as a pet owner. At a pet store, no one gives a shit. And worse, what do you think happens to the smaller animals, like hamsters? Ever take your hamster to a vet? Hell no. There are like eight vets in North America who know what to do with a hamster.
"Hundreds of dollars in medical bills or free snake food. Hmmmm ..."
According to the various undercover videos PETA has posted, stores like PetSmart suffer daily deaths and injuries; they just hide those animals in back. Hamsters and gerbils get wet tail (which is literally fatal diarrhea) all the time. Sick animals can be sent back to the warehouse -- which you'll recall is the warehouse that's run like Satan's circus of depraved indifference and animal cruelty -- but what the fuck for? Literally nothing happens.
One video shows a guinea pig sent back to the warehouse without food, since apparently the brain trust at PetSmart haven't been educated in the ways of mailing living creatures. The pig, on death's door already, is just set aside to die. Elsewhere, in a more proactive corner of the warehouse, a human shit shingle fills a plastic bag with hamsters and then beats it repeatedly against a table. You'll notice this is not the generally accepted method for doing anything with a living creature. At all. Unless you're a complete sociopath. So kudos to that, lady. You're a fuckin' psycho.
On that note, here's a creature that looks like Donald Trump's toupee.
Basically, there is no treatment for sick and injured animals at those types of pet stores. I like to believe most stores are responsible and actually have a vet come on site to check out the little fellas, but I'm basing that purely on a desire to live in a world that wasn't written by Quentin Tarantino. The evidence suggests it's more likely the opposite -- at least when it comes to the little guys that most vets aren't properly trained to do much with.
I doubt all pet stores are evil, but let's just safely assume a few are, because they have to be and they've been shown to be. Armed with that knowledge, next time you want a marmot or a squid or whatever, Google that shit first and find yourself a responsible source. Then find the evil pet store in your town and go poop in the aisles. Someone will blame it on a dog. They always do.
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