Puppy Mill Breeder or Way Overpriced Vet or Both?
by Renee M. Marcelle
(San Rafael, CA)
I just bought 2 "retired" female Cotons from a breeder in No. CA. June 30,2012. Today July 10, one dog needed and had 6 extactions including large mollars and the other one had 5 pulled. They turn 7 next month. The last tooth cleaning was March of 2011.
One girl has stage 2-3 luxating patella too although in it's first year it was certified not to have it. A local Vet in SF Bay area estimated 5 grand, ($2500) for extractions (she only estimated 3 per dog) $875 TO UPDATE LOCAL AREA VACCINES, heart worm meds and flea treatment AND SHE WAS GOING TO GET BACK TO ME RE THE ORTHOPEDIC'S COST FOR THE LEG.
I TOLD HER I COULDN'T AFFORD IT..SHE RECOMMENDED I TAKE THE DOGS TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY rather than to return the dogs to the breeder because she felt they would treat the dogs medical issues and put in good homes, but that it would be a shame to return them to the same negligent abusive home.. I told the Breeder and she said it was a rip-off vet. Who is correct. What to do.?
I took the dogs to their former pet hospital who did the teeth for 1/2 the cost estimated but it was a 3 hour drive one way, back to neighborhood where the breeder lives.
Who is cheating the most, if at all?