me diseases such a Giardia and round worms are of particular threat to children and Toxoplasma is a potential threat to the unborn child. Reputable puppy and kitten dealers offer veterinary protection against the transmission of these diseases.
The Pet Quality Assurance Act of 2009 would create a state licensing program that would provide minimum standards for breeding, sales, care and transport of dogs and cats for commercial sale, handling or rescue. The act would require the minimal standards as set out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
These regulations do not place an undue burden on reputable puppy and kitten breeders. Many breeders and handlers already meet the criteria for housing, sanitation, nutrition, hydration, veterinary care and record keeping but those substandard ones will be required to upgrade their operations to meet those minimum requirements.
These standards will increase the quality of pets available to Oklahoma animal lovers, will drive out the substandard animal dealers, increase sales revenue for the state, protect the public against poor quality facilities and most of all — will give Oklahoma pets a better life.
Mollet is immediate past president of the Oklahoma State Veterinarians Association.