Recently, over a week ago I sold five puppies from a litter of eight I have. I hadn't heard back from this one person until a couple of days ago. She's had her puppy from me for well over a week, and told me days later her pup had to have an overnight vet stay because it has parvo.
I vaccinate all my dogs and all puppies are current on these sort of vaccinations by the time they go to new homes. I have health certificates from my vet for health clearance and each new owner gets one. I have not heard from any of the other puppy buyers about anything like parvo or any other issues. I figured if they had contracted parvo somewhere I definitely would have heard from them all by now.
She's had the dog since the 5th of the month and didn't contact me till the 13th or 14th and now she's stated she's taking legal matters. All my dogs and remaining puppies have also been vaccinated on time, every time and all are doing well. Can one puppy from a litter have parvo and not the rest?
She says her other dog is doing fine. I thought once a dog with parvo has been around other dogs and puppies then they all get sick. She didn't sign anything on a health guarantee as my printer is down. Please let me know what I can do. She's being very belligerent and threatening. I mean well and make sure I do everything right including a good long bath before letting a puppy go to a new home, but she then tells me when she got the puppy it reeked of urine and feces, but yet when I delivered her to this woman she didn't say anything of the sort.
By AW from LA
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It sounds to me like you should consult with an attorney. I've never had to deal with anything like this, so I don't know if some specialize in these sorts of cases. And, if it'll help give you peace of mind (don't know if it would help or hurt your case), maybe you should contact some of your other clients (from this litter) and just check in to see how things are going.
I had this same thing happen to me. Ask for the vet bill for overnight and and proof that the dog had parvo. I had a person adopt my puppy and then said my dog died of parvo. I asked for paperwork and when I got the vet bill found out she was a breeder and the paperwork was wellness exam.
She sounds like a trouble maker to me. If you know anything about vaccinating puppies you know that only 1 vaccination is not considered full coverage. Even with the full series there are break throughs and vaccinations may not protect a dog against parvo. I would wait to see if she really does take this to an attorney and then be prepared with the health certificates. It sounds like you did all a breeder can do. If she was unhappy with the smell or condition of the puppy the time to speak up would have been at delivery. Contact the other buyers and if possible get written statements from them concerning the condition and health of their puppies.
It's been my experience with medical issues that for every rule there is an exception. No vaccines whether in dogs or people are 100% reliable.
Sounds like all good replies. I have seen All or Most dogs get Parvo, not 1. She must have it in her area.
She is grasping at straws, if he had it from you, It wouldn't have took that long!
When my dogs got it, we made a bleach and water solution in the sprayer...and did the whole yard. It is air borne, cats are carriers, and it lives season to season in the ground if not treated.
The ones that lived, after a vet visit, had pedialite, and homemade boiled chicken and rice...to survive, and caro syrup in water.
The fact that only one puppy got sick tells me that it contracted the disease at its' new home, not while it was with you. Had it been exposed at your home, other puppies or your own dogs would have come down with it. The comments about a smelly puppy tells me that this person is trying to intimidate you. She may be trying to get you feel anxious so you will pay her Vet bills.
This is an excellent page about parvo. Read it before you speak with this woman again, it will give you confidence. She probably doesn't realize that she herself could have given her dog the parvo virus. Lots of good info here:
Also, you should be able to have a relationship with your vet where you can ask anything. If he sees that you want to learn, he will respect that. If he doesn't, get new vet!
Arm yourself with knowledge.
The puppies got parvo because they were vaccinated of parvo. The vaccine is a live vaccine and some puppies get parvo and die because of the vaccine. The vets will not tell you, they lie to you claiming that you exposed your puppies between the first and second vaccination.
Yes, I believe they can I just bought a pit bull puppy on Wednesday she was very lethargic and slept a lot. I just assumed it was because she as only 6 weeks old. The previous owners showed vet papers stating she was vaccinated I took her straight home that night. Thursday morning puppy had really bad diarrhea. I thought it was from changing food brand. Friday morning woke up and she looked bad so I took her to vet. Vet stated she had later stage of parvo and could not be saved so they had to put her down. Whenever all other owners of puppies were contacted all the other puppies, father, and mother were fine. I had puppy 2 days and vet said she had parvo for awhile so I believe her vaccine did not work on her.
I'm dealing with the same thing the puppy with Parvo tested positive, ha his first vaccine 2 weeks ago, the buyer has had his puppy for 6 days, the puppy was healthy and active up until the 6th day of being with the new owner. Now I've contacted other Puppy buyers and all other pups are healthy. Some websites say incubation for Parvo is 7-14 days others say 3-10 days. I've asked for a letter from the vet stating the dog was infected when it was sold otherwise I'm not going to help the buyer. He's refused to send me the vet letter and claims he is going to sue me but he did send a photo of a position Parvo test. So I'm wondering the same thing given different vet websites say different things about incubation time how likely is it that the puppy got Parvo from my home when all other pups are healthy and mom is healthy and vaccinated???
I am a breeder and sold a litter of 6 pups and kept one pup years ago and one lady a week later said her pup had parvo I immediately took my last puppy to vet to have tested and it did not have parvo neither did any pups from the litter. Only hers so I called her vet to make sure and it was confirmed. But I knew Puppy did not get parvo from my home it was where she took puppy. I still gave her a refund for the puppy but did not take pup back just refunded money. For 15 days from the time someone picks up puppy by law you are to give money back if puppy gets sick and dies and one year on genetic condition if pup dies they get a refund. I now tell everyone who buys puppy the dangers of parvo and to not let there puppy on ground till they had four shots. All my pups had a five in one shot before they left but it's not protected till all four are done so warn every person who buys puppy to not let puppy on any grounds where stray dogs have access to till fully vaccinated. But puppy lemon law is refund for puppy for 15 days for sickness like parvo and 1 year for genetic. It was my fault for not warning her of the dangers of letting pup go wherever. So now I warn everyone and never had that happen again. Just call there vet to confirm if they are parvo infected and in the 15 days from sale give a refund. If over 15 days your not responsible only for genetic for one year if pet dies. I have everything in writing and person signs. Haven't had any problems in over 8 years.
Actually, Pet Lemon Laws state that the Breeder can require that the puppy be examined by the Buyer's Vet within 48 hours to confirm fitness for sale. Also, our contract's exclude Parvo for just this reason...once the puppy leaves our property, we cannot control what the Buyer does and allows exposure to.
Our puppies are seen by our Vet the day before they go to their new homes for Health Certifications and then within 48 hours of their leaving our home. No puppy is allowed to leave without a signature on the contract that states that the Vet Visit is required and that Parvo is NOT covered.
That's law in Calif but not everywhere!
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