Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Chandler, AZ
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I agree with Shalva, more info is needed as far as the contract goes and also how soon after you picked her up did you have a veterinary exam done. Usually contracts state 72 hours. No matter what, I think I would offer to have you return the puppy and give you back a full refund as:
1. You already went through a sad time with your Ashley and
2. VF is a tricky situation. There is no guarantee on how long treatment might have to occur and if she will ever fully recover. The costs for medication is actually fairly minimal from what I have been told if you are using fluconazole (not sure of the spelling), but the titre testing, x-rays, medication treatment other than fluconazole, etc could add up to a lot of money. Some dogs are treated and recover in 7 months, others can take 1 1/2+ years and others never recover. I would rather take back the puppy now even though you say you are bonded to her and return your money and that would allow you to try again to get a healthier puppy or adult dog. With that being said, no breeder is the cause of a dog acquiring VF. It really depends on the dogs exposure and immunity system as well as other factors. I know of dogs having VF show up in the titre level while all other dogs in the same household are clear. I have been told that the percentage of humans as well as dogs and other animals is quite high for showing exposure on titre levels. It is part of living here in the desert of Arizona. There are also a lot of dogs being treated for VF which probably don't necessarily need to, but the vets err on the side treatment according to titre test levels. All puppies when they leave at 8 weeks don't have VF, but I know of some who were diagnosed with it at 4 months, were treated for 8 months and are now clear. Then again, I know of others who were diagnosed with it at over 1 and didn't recover, as well as dogs over 2 or 3 years old that did. That is why I would probably offer taking the dog back and refunding your money as no one can say how it will take at this time or what the outcome will ultimately be. Good luck with whatever decision is made.