Hi! New here and need some ?'s answered...bought a puppy from a breeder in Feb. had her checked out by a vet and she was fine. Two months later noticed her walking funny, took her in and found out she has OCD, a congenital defect. The surgery is going to cost $2000.00!! What should I say when I call the breeder or should I even bother?
Oh man, that is a hard call, I know, I have 2 kids and I can't imagine getting rid of our Chi we've had for 4 weeks, let alone 2 months!! They would heart-broken too, like I said before maybe the breeder would consider helping or paying for the surgery, if they are a good reputable breeder, they will work with you I'm sure.
I really hate when breeders do that, because your right how many people are going to turn a pet back over to the breeder, I think some of them actually count on that. I would call her, and tell her what is happening, also re read the health guarantee to see if she listed the tests that were done.
Maybe the breeder will let you keep the puppy & give you a replacement pup. I've heard of some breeders doing this & still giving the replacement pup as well, but I do believe that you would be responsible for the vet care entirely. But you would have to wonder if the replacement pup would have the same problems. Good luck & I am sooo sorry about your baby.
***Edited By: MyWeim on 6/2/2006 3:38:48 PM*** Reason: add
one reason you would want to know weather she is still breeding the parents is that you need to decide weather you want a pup related to your pup. You may not want to risk that is she isn't doing testing then you may have the same or other problems with a ew pup from her as well.
minya, unless that is an option in the contract then the breeder will not go for this, this is the reason many people here say to make sure the contract is really good. You are putting a lot of money out for a pup make sure it is covered for a minimum 2 years but that is a bare minimum. Many problems don't show up til then, the contract for my male covered everything for longer, and I also had many options if something went wrong. When he ended up epileptic I had several options including replacing him, or paying the difference for a new show dog, getting a pet pup and keeping tonka, a breeding to my female, and she offered to pay for the neuter as well. A great breeder covers and cares for her pups for their lives. Champion bloodlines mean nothing when it comes to health, health testing does.
***Edited By: ruffian on 6/3/2006 5:41:46 AM*** Reason: sp
I would think the breeder would want to know this about your pup. If they are any good they will help you with the vet costs or refund the $$ you paid for the dog. Even if it's not covered in the contract, some breeders will help anyway.
Not enough details have really been given. If this was a $300 dog out of the paper, there is no way they are going to help with any thing above and beyond. I know it is a crappy decision that most pet owners don't want to make, but there is what you can afford, and what is the limit that you say, maybe the dog should be PTS.
What are the % chance that this dog will be completely fixed with the $2000 surgery? Or is this something that will still re-occur and possibly need further surgery on down the road.
Most 'breeders' offer a replacement, because if the dog was $1000 or less there is no way that they could afford to give back some one $2000 for a surgery. These are living animals and health problems do crop up. Some breeds are more prone to some things than others, but it seems like all breeds have one health issue or another.
With horses, if you buy a foal, maybe a very expensive $10,000 foal, you get it vet checked, because once it leaves the farm, it's yours-- it doesn't matter if it gets an genetic hoof problem the next day and has to be put down. It's yours. I don't really know when it started to be different for dogs.
I figure probably 30% of the dogs I bought as puppies have had something wrong with them or don't turn out for breeding. I don't go crying to the breeder, other than to let them know about the problem. I suck it up, fix the problem and send them to a pet home at often a HUGE and I mean HUGE financial loss. It is part of pet ownership.