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5 Do's and Don'ts for Buying a Pet Online

Pet Online? Things You Need to Consider When Purchasing a Pet Online.It's such an exciting time when you decide to adopt a pet for your home and family. Choosing to buy your pet online seems like an easy way to research and meet a cute puppy, kitten, or a lovable adult pet in need of a new home.

Unfortunately, online pet scams are a growing problem and you don't want to be another victim. To be extra cautious when choosing to buy a pet online, check out our list of the top 5 Do's and Don'ts and be prepared to spot the possible warning signs of a scam:

1. DO Be Alert to Stolen Pets and Wary of Far-Away Sellers

If you notice the same picture of that adorable puppy listed for sale on several websites, chances are that image was stolen and that particular animal is not really for sale. Breeders will generally watermark their images so this doesn't happen. If you see blurred watermarks or photos from breeders without them, be wary. Thousands of dogs are shipped from puppy mills overseas and sold to American buyers online. Some of the puppies and kitties start showing signs of sickness as soon as they arrive and die from undisclosed health problems not long after. Ask where your pet was born and bred and stay away from distant sellers. Which leads us to our next Do.

2. DO Visit Your Future Pet Before You Take Him/Her Home

It's best to see how your potential pet gets along with you and other members of your family before you bring them home for good. Cats and dogs all have different temperaments"”just like humans"”and some breeds and personalities click better than others. Always visit an English bulldog or Yorkshire terrier breeder as these are the most commonly scammed breeds. Offer to pick up your pet instead of having them shipped to see where s/he really came from.

3. DON'T Get Scammed for More Money

Many potential pet owners have been scammed by sellers who claim to offer a free cat or dog if you pay for the shipping to get them to your home. What actually happens is that the handsome puppy you think you're rescuing doesn't even really exist. According to the Humane Society, when you give those sellers the shipping costs they ask for, a few days later you'll be informed that your pet is being held at the airport due to complications with customs officials. They'll demand more money from you and then disappear when you send it.

4. DON'T Use MoneyGram, Western Union, or Paypal

If the above situation happens to you, you won't be able to ask these services to help you get your money back. Paypal may be able to investigate the charge, but scammers can easily steal money from your linked bank account and vanish.

5. DO Your Homework

If you're set on a breeder, look for a history of happy customers via their website or Facebook page. All reputable breeders will be more than happy to share your pet's full medical history, pedigree information, and vaccinations. Remember that websites likes PetFinder will connect you to local shelters if you want to avoid the potential of online scams altogether. Plus, you'll get to rescue a pet who really needs your help. Don't forget that purebreds wind up in shelters, too. Pet Online Purchase and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers

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Craig Davis, CEO and Chief Happiness Officer at Craig is the founder of Vet Organics, where he and his team share additional pet-related articles on the company's blog. Vet Organics is an eCommerce provider of EcoEars and an array of premium natural products dedicated to the health and wellness of pets.

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