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My 6 month old Tucker has been diagnosed with bilateral hip laxity and 2 ortho vets have recommended surgery (Triple Pelvic Osteotomy). Both concurred the the condition is severe enough that surgical intervention is the only practical option. While I have no insurance, I will folow through if it's best for the pup. The breeder says that this has never occurred to her knowledge in all the litters she has sold. Does the breeder have at least an ethical obligation to notify the rest of the buyers of the litter (9) of this problem.
 

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If I were one of the other owners, I would certainly like to know. If they put their dogs on k9data, you might be able to contact them on your own.

Out of curiosity, did the parents have OFA hip clearances?
 

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I've wondered that myself about situations like this. My Flora has luxating patella in both her legs, and since it's hereditary I was wondering if the breeder was planning on telling everyone who has a pup from that litter.

I will be interested in reading the answers to your question, and I am so sorry that you are going through with this with your puppy. Please check to see if your state has any puppy lemon laws and/or if your breeder has anything in the breeding contract that could help you get reimbursed some of your money for the surgeries.
 

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I have papers from the breeder saying that the parents had been checked for hip problems.
That doesn't sound like they have their clearances, just a vet saying the hips in the parents seem to be good. It's really sad that breeders do this to puppy buyers and the puppies themselves.

The good news is, my Jasmine had her first FHO when she was 7 months old and her second at 2 1/2 years old. She is almost 9 now and she had no clue she has no femoral heads. She still runs with the younger boys and actually is the last one to tire out.
 

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My Scarlett, had her FHO's done 28 days apart a year ago this past August. She's a perfectly healthy bouncey, running 19month old. Yes the cost is high. I know in my gut though I'd do it a million times over for her and any other golden I adopted or came into contact with.
 
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