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The Importance of Proper Clearances
I'm a part of this group on Facebook where people post pictures of their dog's hip/elbow xrays. Earlier today, a woman posted a picture of her 6 month old German Shepherd's hips (pictured below with permission). She needed help because her puppy needs a major, expensive hip surgery and she can't afford it. Her puppy is in so much pain that he can barely walk and spends his days lying around. She got him from a backyard breeder - no papers or clearances. The woman did contact her breeder as soon as she saw the xrays, not sure if the breeder is doing anything to help but she's hoping the breeder will stand behind her pup. Since the OP can't afford to pay for the surgery, she's facing the hard reality of having to tell her kids that she might have to put their best friend down. She's currently looking for alternatives, but if worse comes to worse..
It's the puppies and families who have to go through something like this that makes doing clearances so worth it. It breaks my heart that this family and their puppy have to suffer so much because of a breeder's laziness and irresponsibility. Does having clearances guarantee that your puppy will be problem-free? Of course not! But having clearances stacks the odds in your favor.
I hope this reminds all of you looking for a puppy why clearances are so important. Take your time finding a breeder who does all the necessary clearances at the right times and breeds responsibly and ethically. Sure, it might be a thousand more than you planned, but a thousand more at the beginning is a lot better than sixteen thousand down the road. Sure, you might have to wait a lot longer than you originally planned, but having twelve+ years with your dog is better than only having maybe six months. It takes more effort to find these kinds of breeders, but at least you'll be getting a puppy that can run and jump and play and be a brat and maybe mouth you a little too hard sometimes. That's a lot better than having to look down at your six month old puppy and watch him struggle to lie down and get up and walk. Not every dog who comes from no clearances will end up like that (and of course no one's going to shame you for buying a dog without a history of clearances) but better safe than sorry, imo.