too bad the vets side of the story wasn't printed along with the owners story.
in this particular case it seems like euthanasia was inevitable since it sounds like the seizures weren't being controlled.
having to deal with people who will just opt for euthanasia before even trying out a treatment plan, leaves me with wanting to know more about what the owners did or did not try before they made their decision.
there are many times where i wish we could just pretend to euthanize someones pet. it sometimes seems like it is a matter of convenience for most rather then what is truly necessary. we have one vet who, in cases like that, will really try and talk the owners into either relinquishing their rights to the animal and letting us treat and find a home for it, or at least try a medication for a week and see what happens. sometimes she is successful, sometimes not.
yes..but it seems the dog was put down any way...as the new owner claims the vet said it was suffering...so..what time did they buy the dog.. a few weeks if that..the end result seems to be the same..the original owner said they made the decision after soul searching and research...seems there decision was a correct one after all..since the dog is no longer alive...poor dog..
yes some purebred dog lines carry epilepsy, but that is why you need to buy from a very responsible breeder, and plenty of muts have it as well.
My male Shiba Tonka has it as well, he came from a very good breeder, and when she found out was very suprised as was her vet as none of her dog have it, and neither do any of her pups, she had been breeding shibas for 18 years. If it were a problem in her line then it would have been seen before. Tonka was neutered and never bred, yes he is a Champion, and she backed up her health guarentee and offered me a new dog, but I just didn't want a third dog at the time, and and unsure weather I want another one ever, obediance dogs they are not,LOL.
***Edited By: ruffian on 4/30/2006 8:20:07 AM*** Reason: sp
yes it is true that pure breed dogs do have health issues in their breeds, however, when you cross breeds you also risk the worst as well as the best of both breeds in your new designer dog or mutt. Not being a purebreed doesn't mean all health issues are skirted.