A dog owner who bought a kenneling cough remedy after her puppy developed a case of the respiratory disease says she’s selling the product for £1,000 a bottle.
Dog breeder Karen O’Reilly says the dog, named “Little Bird”, has developed a “nervous system” and developed pneumonia after the product was given to him last December.
Ms O’Riordan says she is hoping the sale will raise awareness about the disease and its potential consequences for puppies and adults.
“I feel like people need to be aware of what this disease is,” she said.
“It’s a very, very common disease and it is a very hard to treat.”
Ms ORiordins owner said the dog developed pneumonia and it’s now a chronic problem.
“The dog is very, extremely sensitive to what he is eating and being exposed to,” she told the ABC.
I know there are many other dogs out there that have pneumonia.” “
Little bird has a lot of work to do.
I know there are many other dogs out there that have pneumonia.”
Ms Sells said she bought the dog the day after it developed pneumonia.
“When I first got him, I was absolutely thrilled,” she says.
“He’s such a sweet dog.
He’s really, really, just a really good, kind, playful, happy, good-natured dog.”
The pet breeder said Little Bird had been vaccinated against the disease.
“A puppy has no immunity to this,” she added.
“So I’m hoping that will change as we continue to keep him safe.”
Ms Kells pet was euthanased by her vet last year after it was diagnosed with pneumonia and she says it has now developed a new infection.
“This is a really scary disease,” she tells the ABC’s Victoria Derbyshire program.
“People are just not thinking about it.”
There’s been no reports of it getting worse or getting better, and I think people just don’t understand the true danger of this disease.
“Then it became a real problem. “
We thought it was just a small thing, and it had just been a few days,” she explained.
“Then it became a real problem.
It got worse and worse and we didn’t know what to do about it.”
Ms Derbyside asked the breeder if the sale was “a good idea”, and she agreed.
“No, it’s a good idea.
This is just a normal thing that happens in dogs,” she answered.
Ms Kellows puppy is now four months old and has not developed pneumonia, but Ms OReilly said she was worried about the health of the dog.
“They’re just too young to have it in them, and they don’t know how to deal with it,” she adds.
“You never know what the next day will bring.”
She is also concerned about the impact of the pandemic on puppy mills.
“All puppies and kittens will be affected by this,” Ms ORs comments.
“Puppies are being bred in pet shops.
The ones that come out the other side, they’re going to be in puppy mills.”
Ms Pannell says she was also concerned when she heard of the sale, but is “happy to sell” the product.
“That’s the best that can be hoped for,” she shares.
“As long as people are aware that the pandemics have a serious impact on their pet, then we are all better off.”
The ABC contacted the pet store where the puppy was bought and the breder of the pet that bought it for more information.
A spokesman for the Pet Mart chain said it would not comment on individual cases.
A similar situation was seen in March when a dog owner in Melbourne was accused of buying dog food without telling her pet’s vet.
The owner had no way of knowing her dog was sick and was unable to tell her to get vaccinated.
“She got a dog with pneumonia, which is not a rare illness,” the spokesman said.
A spokeswoman for the Australian Veterinary Medical Association said it did not recommend the sale of a dog or kitten without a veterinary check-up.
“Any dog that’s sick, particularly if it has an underlying condition, it should be tested by a veterinary practitioner to make sure it’s not contagious,” the spokesperson said.
The ABC’s Vicki Field reports.