|Barked: Sun Apr 21, '13 9:17am PST |
|Here's something to put in perspective. I get my Giants from one of the top breeders in the world. A few days after my first pup from her arrived, he trotted into the livingroom, belched, and upchucked like a cup of wriggling huge worms. Wow...GROSS OUT
Now I have been around enough to know that he likely was wormed shortly before leaving and the worms were simply on their way out, figuratively and literally Beautiful pup in lovely condition and I thought none the more of it, other than the rather repulsive cleaning job now laying before me (I do admit I left the room and waited for their expiration before doing the deed).
I recall thinking at the time, however, that had I been a novice, I would have been horrified and thought the worst of the breeder.
And that can be typical. Puppies, particularly when shipped, do not always thrive their first few days. They can have diarrhea, upset stomachs, be listless and so on.
I do recall people complaining about this breeder before, but in my internet search found only two complaints, one of them from the OP. For a breeder who sells quite a few puppies, that is rather small.
In terms of the OPs post, there is lot of inexperience there. Not thriving the first few days can be par for the course. There is no such thing as shots being given "too close together" in terms of whole series now needing to be redone. Shots are given multiple times to ensure immunity, as for a time the shots are potentially competing with the mothers own antibodies in the pup. Multiple shots are given as a precaution to ensure that the puppy is, hopefully, covered in terms of immunity.
Why the OPs vet would give the puppy another whole series of shots, why they redid the rabies instead of contacting the original vet for clarification, etc., is to me just as suspect as anything the breeder did. That poo eating was explained to be a symptom of being kept in an unclean kennel by the vet also is suspect....some puppies eat poo, no matter how they are reared.
It is unfortunate the puppy, now adult, is developing arthritic changes, but this is something that can occur in this breed. Not sure why the vet is saying it is unheard of in young dogs.
This is not a breeder I would get from, but in my experience novices can be extremely poor advocates when it comes to their relationships with breeders. They overreact, do not communicate, listen to others and make hostile approaches or just huff off assuming the worst.
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