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post #26 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-10-2008, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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No they didn't do any melagrams or anything on this puppy. At the point that they said their diagnosis was wobblers and epithicitis, we had vet bills that almost totaled the price of the dog. It would have been financially impossible to pay for the melagram at that point, we had just finished paying for our daughter's wedding.

We have already bonded with our new girl and even if we end up with a bad outcome with her in the future, I couldn't imagine giving her back. The breeder never offered me our money back but just a replacement puppy, I guess in my state of shock and grief over our little girl, I never thought to push the issue of getting the money back. To be fair to the breeder, she did offer me her last puppy out of a previous litter but I thought her very timid for a doberman and also she didn't like her confirmation. It could have just been the gangly state she was in but I didn't care for her at all. So if this has a bad outcome, really the breeder can't be blamed for the fact that I chose another puppy out of my first puppy's litter. I still wish though that I had gotten the money back and if she had offered it, I would have taken it. As you say, there are plenty of puppies out there that are healthy. Also as Debi pointed out, the wobblers was never absolutely confirmed with a melagram which is the only way to be 100% sure.

I would like to ask all of you though if HOD or ephiticitis is something that dobe puppies get alot and if the outcome is usually good in the long run? Is it genetic or something they pick up because of the puppy vaccine?

Thank you so much to all of you who answered me and gave advice. I appreciate it so much. :0) I will continue to be a regular blogger on here to get advice about my little girl. :0) :0)
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Debi asked if the puppy was underweight. I don't know if she was underweight, though she was on the lean side. When we took her to the vet at 9 weeks, she weighed 14 pounds but she was also the biggest/tallest female puppy from her litter.
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Just catching up on this thread, I am so sorry to read about what you and the puppy have gone thru. It's such a terrible shame this happened. I have some doubts about the genuineness of this breeder. IMO it doesn't sound like proper care was taken to ensure the health and temperment of this litter and the other litter. Also, a proper breeder with more than one litter on the go...ick, a bit grubby in my view. If that's what happened, I may have misread that part.
As for the "replacement" I hope, hope, hope your new puppy turns into the dog you have dreamed of. I hope she's healthy, happy and full of all the traits that make them the Dobes we love and cherish. Welcome to DT and visit often for fun and info ;-)

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After I met the breeder(who seems to be very a very nice person) but she didn't know her puppies temperments at all, I started rethinking the whole thing. You are right, after the fact it seemed surprising that she would have two litters by two different bitches at the same time. I have had a couple of shepherd litters when I had them and it is ALOT of work and also you stress about finding each one of your babies a good home. Even I, not being a full time breeder, knew who my puppies were as individuals. They all have their own unique traits. At the time, she had our deposit already and we would have just been smart to walk away minus 500.00 in hindsight. I liked her dogs as far as looks and I thought the male was currently in the process of getting his title. BUT I know nothing of the dog show world, I did a fair bit of obedience showing with one of my shepherd bitches but then we moved and I didn't do it anymore.

Thank you to everyone that expressed sympathy for my first little girl. I am hopeful and praying for a good turn out with my present puppy. I will keep posting about her as time goes on and get a picture up of Marley.

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It seems that only some breeders get the red flag for more than one litter at a time. Some others get "looked the other way" when there are multiples. I guess never say never should be implied, but it does seem that if the breeder in this case didn't know the temperaments, then two was too many.

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Sounds like this breeder did everything completely backwards.

As for the new puppy, Vet's actually don't know exactly what causes Wobbler's. They think it could be genetics and/or fast growth.

Unfortunatly testing for Wobbler's is really expensive and I think one of the scan's they do can be dangerous for the dog.

I would suggest ongoing research on the topic, I don't know as much as I should but I think this is an area that as Dobe owners should be well educated in
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personally, it does not really sound like HOD to me - but I'm no vet........... just someone who has had a dog go through HOD.

As a breeder, I would have wanted someone to call me if a puppy they just got from me was seriously ill and needed a lot of vet care. A good breeder usually has it in their contract what they will pay for in the case of a serious illness within a certain time limit - usually the puppy lemon laws for the state they are in..... which in my case is 10 days.

I also always want people to take a puppy to their own vet within a few days of bringing them home in order to have a well check done by a vet they trust.

I will say, that if a puppy did not appear to be in good health, they would not leave.......... and I don't take deposits so that would never be an issue.

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I did take the puppy to the vet three days after getting her. On the day I took her she was not exhibiting the shaky legs while walking. We explained our concerns to the vet and then put her down and let her walk up to the vet and she said, "Looks fine to me, I wouldn't be too concerned. Three days later when the puppy went to the other vet as mine was out of town, where she was under emergency care, I did call the breeder and she said keep me informed. THere was no offer of I will take over treatment or when she is stable bring her back and I will get her care with my vet or anything.

I can see the pros and cons for deposits. If you are a breeder that has waiting lists for your dogs, then it can be a good thing to know if the person you are holding a puppy for is really interested. On the other hand, I think deposits should be at least partially refundable if there is a change of heart or good reason for your buyer not to get a dog.

I think that this breeder was hoping that this puppy wouldn't go down on us but recover on her own. Maybe she suspected Pano(I have read alot about it lately) and was hoping she would snap out of it.

I am a nervous wreck with the replacement puppy. Constantly watching her for any signs of shakiness, pain or anything.
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I just wanted to say I'm sorry for all the heartache, and wish the very best for you and the new puppy.

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holy crap.
That's like ..... 5 mortgage payments for me.

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