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Help with hereditary disorders

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Sadiebrown, Oct 5, 2019.


  1. Sadiebrown

    Sadiebrown PetForums Newbie

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    Good afternoon all,
    Our puppy is 11 months old. He is a rottweiler. We took him to the vet yesterday had some xrays and found that he has hip dysplasia and both his knees have cruciate ligament ruptures! We are now embarking on the long process of surgeries and therapy which I am aware wont heal him 100% but we are committed to do everything necessary to help him.
    The vet has advised us that these issues are a hereditary disorder and it is likely the other puppies in the litter have the same problems.
    We bought the puppy from a family with 2 rotties. I visited their home twice to see the pups with mum there was nothing untoward. It seemed like a legitimate family just having a litter with their pets. I met mum and dad, I was told both were pedigree and the contract of sale included a clause stating they had been health tested and hip scored and were perfectly healthy..
    My question is other than focusing on our puppy and making him better are there any other steps I can take against this breeder should I have missed something and was duped?
     
  2. lullabydream

    lullabydream PetForums VIP

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    Mmmm..

    Now did you see health test certificates? Were the scores average or below average for the breed that's what actually counts. Ideally below average I would say for breeding and ideally even. This is referring to hips, rather than elbows which should be 0/0

    However, even if you did and they were, with dysplasia there is no guarantee per se that off spring will definitely be free from these problems. Hip scores, and elbow scores give the best shot for healthy dogs. However, joints can also be effected when developing by nurture per se, it's not that black and white.

    Did you get paperwork for the pedigree ie kc registered, as you should be able to check parents hip scores online.
     
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    tabelmabel Banned

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    @lullabydream is right. Hip dysplasia is multifactorial but there is always a genetic componant.

    My tibetan has bi lateral hip dysplasia. Both parents had really low hip scores, well below the breed average of 15 for TTs.

    The orthopaedic specialist said in a litter of 8 pups (the size of my dog's litter) 2 to 3 pups will be affected.

    No one currently knows why certain pups in a litter are affected and others spared.

    To get the best possible chance of a pup clear of hd, you need to go back 5 generations. But i didnt know that at the time.

    Murphy's breeder never bred his parents together again. You should let your breeder know, as a responsible breeder wont breed those parents together again
     
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    tabelmabel Banned

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    I doubt it. I have hip score certificates for both my dogs' parents. A family just having a litter with their pets isnt going to do this testing - it is expensive.

    The dog needs to be anaethatised and x rayed then the plates are sent away for scoring.

    But the people that sold you your dog could not have known he would end up being dysplastic.
     
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