Well let's see.... if it's condition that a pill a day or some fixing would give it a good quality of life...go for it
If it's a condition that would require a life of painful or annoying treatments that would wreck the quality of life, I'd vote no treatment call the breeder and get a replacement pup. One of my clients has a pup that has some kind of medical problem, they didn't call me to confer, I heard it from an associate. Please let your breeder know even if you plan to keep the dog, they have a right to know what might pop up in future pups. I would never consider it confrontational or negative if they would just let me know.
What breed of dog did you end up choosing again? I've been away for 2 weeks. If it was a cocker, there's somethign like 15 possible eye issues, most of which are hereditary. Some issues are easy to handle others not so much which is why most of us push health testing, and a breeder truly knowing their lines. I have a cocker with mildly droopy eyelids when tired. Was likely hereditary, but some eye issues can be severe and require a life time of help to live with.
I would suggest you get copies of test results from any breeder you are considering, and make sure both parents have been cleared. Also, ask your vet and contact the national breed club to find out more about health clearances.
I talked to a vet today and she said that she has not checked the cocker for hip dysplasia because it is normally found in larger breed dogs. I read that this is partly true. There are many breeds that are subject to this problem though.
Are you looking at the American cocker or the English cocker? Anyway, what little I know about cockers-as Mafia said, they can be prone to eye problems, and also ear infections. Parents should be CERF and OFA. And I know that some breeders also do a BAER test to check for deafness. That's about all I know about this breed!
The vet is right. While it is written near everywhere that cockers are prone to HD, it's been largely bred out.
Now, they are quite prone to slipping knees. So knees should be OFA'd. Eyes CERFed. They can be prone to thyroid, heart defects, PFK which is a congenital blood disorder, a type of VWd that's untestable (not much you can do except have a breeder that knows their lines). Legg perthe is often looked for if knees have been done, I've heard liver disease is becoming more common, Epilepsy runs in some lines too.
They have a heavy load of possible hereditary problems. Deafness isn't a normal cocker issue, it's more linked to ear infections from allergies (also a common cocker issue) or old age. I haven't met anyone who baer tests, but more testign is never bad.
So... they have so many potential issues, many hard to handle, which is why you need to be pretty hardcore about looking for a breeder. I spent about three months looking, before finding someone I like well enough I'm talking to as often as I can.
Me and my breeder talk everyday, I have really developed a relationship with her. I have been searching since about October, and talking to this specific breeder since that time, the pups were born on nov. 11. I am doing alot of research on the eye issues and have sent her a lot of info. As far as the ears I know that I must clean them once every week with a special solution and keep the hair in the ear trimmed low as well as keeping them dry. They have special things called snoods to keep cockers ears out of their food and water.
The breeder did tell me that her dam has a discharge from her eyes that she has to wipe every morning, like eye buggers for lack of better explaination. I am looking deeper into this, it may not be serious because this is a cocker trait and can happen in many breeds as far as tear staining. But I am looking more deeply into everything.
As far as this "breeder", Let me put this as nicely as possible...
Um, keep looking?
I would seriously listen to what mafia is saying. She is going through the same exact thing as you are right now. At one point her list of reputable breeders was nearly down to nada because they lacked in an area of testing and she quite understandably, found that unacceptable.
I am also looking to add an addition to my family within the next few years. I am very picky about who's breeding practices I will chose to support. I owe it to my dog and my past dogs for my past ignorance. This site is so helpful and you can gain so much knowledge from it if you just give it a chance and listen.
Keep looking, the right puppy is out there. It takes patience and time my dear!