|Barked: Tue Dec 4, '12 1:50pm PST |
|You'd probably want to consider pet insurance. I hope you don't think I am trying to be mean or question the heart you have for the puppy. I am just concerned about you and your heart, expectations and so on. Just being a momma bear
We had a puppy....I am a rescuer....who suffered a looseness in his atlantoaxial region (I think I am remembering that term right, lol!), and it did take a bit of digging to find out what his problem was, in concert with my vet. Then we did and it wasn't the greatest prognosis. Long story short we did continue with him and it turned out ok (his video is on my Dogster page, if you'd like to see him....cute as a little bug!), but I know at the time I did communicate with a French Bulldogs breeder, a breed with which that can occur, and her take was pretty stern, recommending euthanasia if certain things showed up on his xray.
That's a good breeder....she knows what the outcome will be (not pretty) and takes that courageous step. Other breeders just don't have the heart or stomach, and try to find the pup a home any way.
So that's my basic advice to you. If you know the tests and results, that's wonderful. But if it is more that you are being told tests have been done, and/or being held from an actual diagnosis, then it gets a little more funky.
We found a special adopter for our puppy who was given all vet work, the contact for the vet, she had the finances and was fully aware of things. That's the same thing you should be expecting from your breeder, minimally so that you can prepare for whatever it is you are looking at.
Toto usually has good advice. She's a very ethical breeder and if you could be more specific can probably tell you if anything seems amiss or not. I know you are heart set on the puppy and no one is trying to dissuade you, but for his future and your own emotional safety, I would hope you are getting very detailed disclosure as to tests done, the vet who did them, prognosis, etc. Minimally so that you can be educated and aware of his challenges as his guardian.
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