Our newest furry member of the family (Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy) arrived to us from the breeder extremely sick with roundworm, stomach bacteria and chronic vomit attacks. Poor little thing! :(
I created a website to caution others. Be sure it is from a reputable breeder. I was given a 100% health guarantee and upon accepting her offer, she did not follow through. I am not only out hundreds of dollars on this poor little Corgi puppy ... but also at $500 in vet bills, medication and bland diet food. We are hoping she pulls through. Send us warm, fuzzy thoughts!!
In addition, the reason for the website http://corgibreederalert.wordpress.com is to alert others of the breeder. I have asked her for some compensation for the vet and this is when all email communication has stopped. She is no longer responding back. =(
Thankfully this kind of thing does not happen in New Zealand among our Corgi breeders. But the other factor here is that two Government legislations protect buyers from shonky breeders - these are the Consumer Guarantees Act 1994 and the Dog Welfare Act 2010. If a new dog owner in NZ was sold or even given free a puppy or an adult dog in this condition the matter could be fully addressed by the law.
I hope it all works out ok! If she made you sign a contact or you have that guarantee in writing, you can take her to small claims court.
We're keeping our fingers crossed too!!!!!
So sorry for what you are going through. We start our puppies early on a de-worming schedule and rotate our wormers to be sure that we are not missing anything, the best we can. Sometimes things still arise.. but we do our best to give a great start in our puppies along with (vet prescription wormers - that you can only purchase from vet) not the store-bought Over The Counter; needless to say although that deworms, it's not as great a quality. As a responsible breeder we rely on our Vets to be totally involved in our program providing quality meds and care for our puppies before they leave. Although your one year health guarantee only covers a few things such as most Genetics and disorders that may arrise; we do also mention that our dogs are kept on a worming schedule and are up to date on shots at time of purchase to help alleviate spending the extra dollars on more meds and vaccines. I'm so sorry for you and that she's not responding.. although she could provide a replacement puppy and or hold up to her health guarantee in which (whatever she mentioned) should be covered.. It's a horrible thing parasites.. They seem to be everywhere.. hence keeping dogs and puppies on a rotated program...is very beneficial .. and treating farm and yards with natural detour-ants of those pesky deadly bugs.. Blessings & Thoughts your way.
Gosh Tamra, I am so so sorry that you and your family are having to go through this. And your poor sick puppy :( Poor thing. I don't know if you mentioned this or anything but have you tried calling of emailing? Do you have any other means of communication besides email?
Hi Tamra, I am so sorry for what you are going through with your pup! I know exactly how you feel. I got my Charlie about 1 year ago today and he is just a little over 1 year old. My Charlie also came from a breeder in Colorado with a health guarantee. Although he did not come from the same breeder as your little one did, Charlie was diagnosed with Parvo within a week of coming to me. He just kept getting diarrhea and there was no explanation for this. Long story short, a second opinion didn't think he has Parvo as the only sign he showed was diarrhea....But he has been to the vet and specialists roughly28+ times in his short life. He still continues to be big fat question mark concerning his health, but we are pretty sure he has Stress Colitis. He has been tested for every parasite, disease and chronic condition, all to come back negative.
Back when Charlie was originally diagnosed with Parvo, I called his breeder and asked about the other puppies and also to let them know of the diagnosis since it is highly contagious. He was saddened by the news, but said that the other puppies were alright. I never asked for reimbursement of the hospital stays and what not, but I had already fallen in love with Charlie, I didn't care about the bills. I don't know if this an option. But I think I might have seen this breeder on puppyfind.org when we were looking. I think you can also go on there and write a review of the breeder. You might have to join this site to do so.
I hope your little one is doing better! My Charlie is finally starting to do better! Things will get better!
I can not comment on the dispute between you and the breeder because that really depends on the contract you have. Personally I don't think the contract means much because usually a sick puppy must be returned. Most of us are unwilling to return our baby! However, one of our dogs has a very weak stomach and does very well on prescription dog food. Any other food causes diarrhea, maybe your pup is one of those. Hoping for the best for your little pup.