I have bred copckers for almost 18 years and I pride myself on testing and doing it right and standing behind my puppies. I have a man who contacted me and this was the 2nd puppy they got from us and he is very defensive right now and I want to do the right thing. The puppy is 5 months old and he has developed cherry eye and I am grateful they let me know and he claims the vet told him it is a very congenital deffect and that it will cost over $650 to repair. I want to do the right thing so do I ask for my statement from the vet and just take the puppy back or do I refund money as he stated they are willing to accept.I would appreciate it if some of you could email me and give me your thoughts on this. he has had the puppy for 3 1/2 months email@example.com
A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. Bernard Meltzer
OMG 650.00 to repair a cherry eye? Someones lying, either the puppy guy or the vet. There is absolutely no reason it should cost that much to repair and I have never seen a charge that high for repairing one. Most often people have them fixed when their pup is psayed or neutered. There are two methods of fixing it, slicing it off or tacking it. It is my eperience that slicing it off is the better route to go because the tacking does not always work. There are though reports that say slicing it off can lead to KCS problems in some dogs later in life. Since Cockers are prone to KCS it is hard to tell if it would be due to the method of surgery or just a normal thing that one would have to watch out for just because of the breed. There are other breeds that are prone to KCS that don't typicaly get cherry eyes so I think its really hard to discount the slicing off of the cherry eye as a good way to correct it.
Most vets charge an extra 100.00 to remove the cherry eye when it is being done during the time of psay or neuter. It is literally a 4 second procedure, tacking takes a little longer, maybe 10 minutes. The only way I could see it costing as much as your puppy buyer stated is if the puppy had it done with out being neutered or spayed because then you would have to factor in the cost of the anesthesia which most vets dont when it is combined with another surgery. There will be some eye ointments to go home with as well. Without it being piggybacked to another surgery the absolute most I can see being charged is 300.00.
There has to be more to it than that price for just the cherry eye or the vet is raking him over big time !!
I agree with Scout. That seems a rather high price. My Dobie had a slight cherry eye that I treated with steroid eye ointment it took 2 weeks but it shrank back to it's normal size with no lasting effects. If he wants a refund, is that giving you the pup back? I would consult with at least 5 vets to see what they charge for the surgery, then offer to refund half of the average fee. It's not like this happened a few days after taking the puppy home. it's been a while and this could also be from an injury,or an allergy
all eye specialists will regard removal of the cherry eye as negligence. the hardarian gland (the displaced cherry) is responsible for 30% of the total tear production. This may prove very significant especially in breeds like yours. the glans should be replaced in its normal position. yes there are 2 main techniques; one is by creating a pocket and tucking it in. the other technique involve suturing the gland into the periorbital periosteum. these techniques can be combined. I prefer the first technique as it give a better cosmetic effect, and easier to perform. some breeds are more difficult than others.
I agree the removal of the gland should not be so dear as it is easy to do (but should not be performed). the replacement however should not be taken lightly as several complications may arise, such as recurrence, conjuntival cyst, and eversion of the cartilages.
I do not think that $650 is overpricing for a vet that does this type of surgery properly.
As to the hereditary nature of this problem, well that is a completely different arguments. It is true that some breeds are predispose due to genetic anatomical defect but it is not the case that animals are carriers of genes that will result in cherry eye. This means that all cockers are predisposed and not only your cocker is affected because he or she has a genetic disease.
In other words; you can not be blamed for this puppy's cherry eye. you could not test for it, you could not prevent it and one can not prevent cherry eye by breeding it out. A better example would be, If the puppy will get ear infection than you would not expect to pay for any treatment would you? as you all know kockers are predisposed for ear infections. Does this mean that the breeders should pay for the treatment? I suspect you all agree that when someone choose to take one breed or another, one also take into account that these may come with some predisposition of some or other problems.