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Puppy health checks

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by nefott, Aug 25, 2013.


  1. nefott

    nefott PetForums Junior

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    Sorry for all the puppy questions, but want to ensure we get this right!

    Wold you expect a breeder to have had puppies health checked and vaccinated before you take them home?
     
  2. dandogman

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    Not vaccinated, no.
     
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    It depends what you mean by health checked.

    Yes I would expect the breeder to have had the vet look over them and to have wormed them but not to have vaccinated.

    I would also expect the parents to have had relevant health tests.
     
  4. Owned By A Yellow Lab

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    Be wary of any breeder who mentions 'health checks' but does not specify any relevant breed testing of the parents.

    A 'health check' can literally mean that a vet simply listens to the heartbeat and makes sure the pups are breathing properly!

    May I ask which breed you are getting? :)
     
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    I would expect the PARENTS to have been health tested
    and usally yes the puppies will have been seen by a vet at some point.
     
  6. nefott

    nefott PetForums Junior

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    Owned by a Yellow Lab - still not finalised the one, but we are looking at a couple of lab crosses, lab x Bernese or lab x poodle.....
     
  7. dandogman

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    Please please take note of OBAYL's signature...
     
  8. babycham2002

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    The parents requires tests just on the lab side

    Vital tests:

    Hip scores

    A BVA Current Clear Eye cert; annual test

    Elbow gradings

    PRA - genetic eye defect


    (from ll's sig)
     
  9. babycham2002

    babycham2002 PetForums VIP

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    For the Bernese Parent
    at least
    1) Hip scoring 2) Elbow grading

    and a poodle parent

    1) Hip scoring 2) Annual eye testing
     
  10. Owned By A Yellow Lab

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    I would urge you to be really careful - Labs are prone to hip and elbow problems and there is also PRA, an eye condition. Any Lab being bed from really MUST be tested for these factors/conditions!

    If you're interested, there are a fair number of Lab crosses that are in rescue.
     
  11. Owned By A Yellow Lab

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    You also need to be very careful re temperament - there are a lot of people throwing together Labs and Poodles without any care for resulting temperament of the pups.

    'labradoodles' *can* be lovely BUT this type of dog is not remotely standardised yet. Put seven in a line and you can well end up with a big size range from small to very big.

    And many of them DO shed!!!

    As for a Lab x Bernese......PLEASE ask the breeder about which health tests if any the parent dogs have had. Or you could end up lining the pockets of very uncaring, unethical breeders :(
     
  12. nefott

    nefott PetForums Junior

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    We are trying to be careful, hence all the questions :)

    Re: rescues, our last couple of dogs were rescues, the last one had some pretty severe behavioural issues and while we adored him (and he has left a big hole in our lives!) and put a lot of work in with him, we want to go for a puppy this time to try to get a reasonably well balanced adult dog. We know a puppy will be challenging but in different ways.
     
  13. Owned By A Yellow Lab

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    It's great that you're being careful.

    Good breeders will be really careful about temperament as well as health :)
     
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