- 1 week ago
I have an 8 month old boxer puppy who is my whole world. I got him from a reputable breeder at 9 weeks old. I was told by the breeders and the contract that was signed that the puppy has a 1 year health guarentee and that the parents of my puppy have been health tested and cleared, and i believe that to this day.
On facebook there is a closed group for people who have adopted dogs from the breeder so that we can stay in touch with our puppies’ siblings and watch them grow, and so that the breeders can also view and appericiate pictures. 2 weeks ago, a family who had a male puppy from the litter before mine, posted that their 9 month old puppy passed away. This puppy has the same father as my puppy does. It was a sudden death, and everyone in the group was heartbroken for the family and also worried that the death was caused by something genetic.
The family answered as many questions as possible as did the breeder. We were told that the puppy was completely healthy and fine. He woke up, ate, went out, and then went to lay on his parents bed, his normal routine. He suddenly woke up, made a strange noise, jumped off the bed and collapsed. He had labored breathing and by the time they got him to the get he was in extereme tachycardia and his heart could not take it, and he died.
The family did not get an autopsy, but the family believes the cause of death was definitely his heart, and possibly boxer cardiomyopathy which is a condition that boxers are prone too. this is something that the parents of the dogs were tested for, were both negative and the breeders stated that no one with a puppy from these parents have ever reported a case of cardiomyopathy. and, without an autopsy, there is no way to be certain that this is what took this poor puppy’s young life.
my puppy is 8 months. i took him to the vet last friday for a check up after hearing this. my vet listened to his heart and did a full exam and had a colleague also listen to his heart, and they both said that it sounded good. when my puppy was around 4 months old, my vet did think she heard a slight heart mumur but another colleague said no. i know these are difficult to hear in some cases so i was pretty nervous, but relieved last week when they both said no. however, my vet is still recommending that my puppy gets an echocardiogram to be 100% certain, because of his half brother’s passing. She said i don’t have to get it done, but it would certainly ease my mind, especially before he goes under anesthesia when he gets neutered.
the echocardiogram costs 850-900 dollars. he will have to be lightly sedated and i will have to leave him at the clinic for the day. i would die for my puppy, and my parents dog, but still, that’s a pretty big chunk of change for basically a preventative screening. however, i am really leaning towards getting the test done, because even though his heart does sound good, the echo could tell us something that the vet would not necessarily be able to hear. however, my fiance thinks im nuts to spend this much on a test when the vet said that his heart sounds good.
what would you all do?
also – i know i posted another post in this same category – about my fiance’s dog that i am not really a fan of – so i’m expecting to get some backlash and people saying “oh you won’t spend the money to get cookie a trainer, but you’ll spend money on your own dog…”