My 2 year old Boston has had a couple of MAJOR problems with his health. Shortly after his first birthday, Butch showed signs of limping in the rear right leg. A visit to the vet proved that he had a condition that involved a floating patella (knee cap) It took two surgeries to remedy this condition. Now, over the past week, he has had 3 seizures. We will be taking Butch to the vet on Monday to assess the problem. I was just wondering if there is anybody else out there who might have purchased a pup from the same litter? By accident, I have discovered that the same "breeder," just sold another litter last year, parented by the same 2 dam & sire as Butch's. These kind of practices must be stopped. If there are heriditary gene problems in the parents, it is heartless to keep breeding defective puppies. If you have ever watched a dog you love suffering through a seizure, then you will know what I mean. Not to mention the $2,000 total we spent on Butch's two knee surgeries. Please let me know if you have purchased from the same breeder. I am not going to mention names at this point, but Aberdeen, SD is a very small town, and I am sure that there are not more than a few breeders there. Thanks, Dawn
The only way to stop these kind of breeders from breeding and producing sick dogs, is not to buy from them. Unfortunately, many people rush to buy a cute puppy without doing any research on breed's health issues and without checking if parents are health tested. I hope your dog will get better.
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Can you email me privately at email@example.com There was a Boston at my vets just a couple of weeks ago having patella luxation surgery. Asked them to please have the owner contact the breeder, because I am sure they would want to know. Patella luxation is common in many small breeds and it is not always genetic. I can be caused by too much exercise, not enough exercise, nutrition or injury. So before the finger pointing starts by some of you............you need to educate yourselfs.
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Sorry to hear of the problems with the dog....did you contact the breeder to let them know of the problems? If they don't know about the problems with the dog...they may just continue breeding the parents. Unless they are good breeders, they probably won't do anything about it, but you should let them know.
The only way a breeder is going to know of problems is if you tell them. You have to watch your tone when you do. If you go in all accusatory you are likely to get a negative response as most people get defensive when attacked. As someone said luxating patellas like hip dysplasia is not always hereditary (is anyone even sure of all the things that cause it).