He seemed like a nice enough guy, maybe not that smart, but was still wanting to know what was wrong with his dog. The dog, for his part, was a friendly, if not so attractive yellow lab, 5 years old, intact, no vaccine history on file, with a distended abdomen and history of not eating well and vomiting with some weight loss. A little too young to suspect cancer or organ failure I thought immediately of heartworm disease and asked if the dog was on prevention. No, he wasn't. Has he ever been on prevention or just not recently? No, not ever, we get "wormer" from the feed store.
I know you're thinking this post is about heartworms but it really isn't (remarkably, he was heartworm negative). We go on to pursue diagnostics and diagnose with dog with heart failure secondary to a dilated cardiomyopathy. While the other doctor suggested to the owner he get his next dog from a different breeder due to the possible genetic components of this disease he comments that the dog has already fathered 33 puppies.
Bang head against wall. Repeat. So you're telling me that the dog you can't be bothered to vaccinate or keep on heartworm prevention, much less pursue OFA or other genetic testing on you decided to breed. Nice.
I sort of ceased to feel sorry for him at that point. Sure money can be tight, maybe they didn't know about heartworms, whatever. But to think it's ok to just randomly breed the dog for whatever pathetic reason they came up with?
And there are so many people like this. How they can justify breeding their dog to try and make a quick buck in a country where millions of healthy dogs are put to sleep every year I just don't know. Maybe they don't realize, or don't care but it still drives me insane. I know I've been on this rant before but that's what you get for reading my blog! Probably won't be the last time either.
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