Okay, we hear all the time, "my vet checked my dog out and says he/she is fine to breed." If the vet doesn't warn an owner about brucellosis (sp?) or genetic defects, could he be held responsible? If you produce puppies with crippling HD or LP and get sued by a puppy buyer, could you then hold your vet liable? I mean people believe vets know what they are talking about, and trust their opinion. Isn't it their responsibility to warn people about these issues? Why won't vet recommend OFA or CERF, why won't they tell someone their dog is not a candidate for breeding?
In our clinic we tell people that their pets are not breeding animals. We make those calls when the dog is crypt or has bad allergies, aggressive behavior or even anxious animals in general. We would never tell an owner breeding is a good idea, in any situation, breeding is hard on a dog, and there is a pet over population. But I think its not their responsibility to tell you to test for genetic disorders for breeding, that is something you should know way before you breed any dog. You should be bringing it to him the Vet may not know each breeds problems. We deal with mostly backyard breeders that care very little about what genetic disorders run in a line of dogs for eg.
When I look up into the sky, I think to myself, Wheres the ceiling?
Not too sure if you can hold a vet liable unless you have a written statement from him/her, assuring that the stud/bitch is an excellent candidate for breeding and guaranteeing healthy pups.
Let's face it, very few owners who breed pups have even the slightest clue about blood lines & genetic issues (other than to say, "Oh, he's AKC registered and has CH in his family"!).
I'm sure that most instances of "vet checked" by inexperienced breeders equate to an annual vet check, with the vet saying "Sparky" is healthy. I wouldn't hold out too much hope that everyone is honest & up-front with their vet about breeding intentions.
If they do and the vet doesn't recommend testing, including for breed specific issues, I'd really worry about the vet.
"Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant". author unknown
I wish my vet were liable for making OFA mistakes. I had 5 dogs done (3 sisters I kept from a litter who got preliminaries, a re-check on older male, and a 2 year old bitch)They forgot to send in one of the OFA's and if you send in 5 studies, you get a $20 discount PER DOG and OFA only received 4 so I had to pay full price. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR