Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What are a Dog Breeder's Responsibilities?

Thought I'd put an innocent question out there to the blogosphere. I would like to know the following:

If you are sold a purebred dog, many of which are prone to some genetic, breed-specific "deficiencies" and are guaranteed against any of these deficiencies and your dog is 6 months old with, the absolute worst case of this deficiency a vet has ever seen in a dog that age in his entire career, what are your options?

I cannot imagine this scenario being a dog-lover and past dog owner myself. I cannot imagine falling in love with a new member of the family for 6 months and then being told by your vet that your only options are a) extremely costly, extremely invasive surgery you cannot afford or b) putting the dog down.

Right now I am researching this...getting some feedback. Would love your input.


septembermom said...

Wish I could help you with some advice. Hope you get the answers that you need. Hugs :)

Mon said...

Is this your dog? omg, how horrible. Well, we had to put our little boy down in 2008, so if I say too much I'll start crying. But hope some miracle happens. What matters is the dog doesn't suffer unecessarily. Good luck friend.

SwedishJenn said...

Thanks for the compassion folks. No, not my dog, a family member's dog. I vowed after going through the heartbreak of losing two: one through old age and the other, because we moved overseas (and he eventually got hit by a truck on the farm where he was living), that I would never again own another dog. Though I love them dearly :-)

LostInTraslation...Literally said...

How did i miss this???

that's extremely depressing. :*( poor doggies, sad thing is, alot of purebred dogs are absolutely adorable. but is it worth the risk??