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    Default Our Puppy Died the Same Day We Got Him

    myself and my wife bought a cavoodle puppy on saturday morning from a breeder in toowoomba. his name was archie and he was the cutest thing ever. we bought him home and were playing with him in the back yard and everything was fine.
    at about 7 o'clock that night he started getting really groggy and was walking into walls and then he couldnt stand up. he then started yelping really loudly and celavating heavily. we took him to the vet and he had a massive seizure in the exam room. the vet said it could be either a liver shunt which is causing his brain to not function or a congential brain condition. he had a second seizure and then he had to be put down. we were unbelievably upset.

    to make things worse, the breeder refused to give us any money back or even say that she was sorry for us. we have tried calling her repeatedly and she just wont take our calls. i'm at a loss of what to do. can anyone suggest anything.

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    OMG So sorry to hear that

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    That's a terrible story. I'm sorry about your pup.

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    I'm very sorry to hear about your pup.
    Unfortunately my money is on a brain problem. It is estimated that 25% of Cavaliers in Aus have a condition where the brain actually grows too large for their skull. It can come in varying degrees, some have to be PTS, others can live relatively normal lives. I'll try and dig up the article about it, it was mentioned on that BBC special about purebred dogs (although that was based in the UK)

    This is why it is so important to only buy from reputable breeders. Backyard breeders are only after the money and unless you take her to court (which will be expensive) I doubt you will get any money out of her.

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    Very very sad story
    Last edited by Cleasanta; 07-27-2010 at 09:51 AM.

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    I am so very sorry to hear this
    As sad as it is though I am with Crested. Cavs have a lot off issues and BYB are not likely to give you your money back. I am sorry this went so horribly bad for you

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    You need to talk to the consumer affairs office or fair trade office in your state. You clearly did not get what you paid for. So you are entitled to a refund on "faulty goods".

    You should also report the breeder to the RSPCA in your state.

    If you still want a puppy, read all the stuff about how to choose a good breeder and how to avoid puppy mills on the RSPCA website.

    Choosing a puppy | RSPCA Australia | For all creatures, great & small.

    And you might want to consider a pure bred dog from a breeder who does genetic tests on the parent dogs, and can show you the results. Getting something like a "Cavoodle" cross breed, is more likely to result in the problems you describe in your opening post (OP) than getting a puppy from a rescue or a "reputable breeder", both of whom will help you if things go wrong.

    PS if you paid by credit card you can report the purchase to them, and they will refund your money eventually.
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    How awful for you, so sorry for the wee puppy, there is nothing you can do to the breeders, consumer affairs are only about business and buying from a BYB is a private deal as is buying from an ANKC registered breeder, the only way you might be better off with an ANKC registered breeder is that they might be decent enough to replace the puppy where the person you dealt with will not, it is up to the breeder, the ANKC does not come into arguments between buyers and sellers.

    Today in QLD you can still go to small claims but it will cost you $400 probably not worth it to you.

    Hyacinth is right about finding a breeder who does tests, it does give at least some peace of mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    I'm very sorry to hear about your pup.
    Unfortunately my money is on a brain problem. It is estimated that 25% of Cavaliers in Aus have a condition where the brain actually grows too large for their skull. It can come in varying degrees, some have to be PTS, others can live relatively normal lives. I'll try and dig up the article about it, it was mentioned on that BBC special about purebred dogs (although that was based in the UK)

    This is why it is so important to only buy from reputable breeders. Backyard breeders are only after the money and unless you take her to court (which will be expensive) I doubt you will get any money out of her.

    CL that is most interestng can you give us a link to the info on numbers of Cavs affected in Australia please, have not found anything on that myself, probalby to busy to look in the right place

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    For interested people: it's called Syringeomyelia (am not saying conclusively that this is what this pup died of, but it's possible).

    There is some info on it here: CANINE SYRINGOMYELIA - Chinaroad Lowchens of Australia

    Unfortunately, unlike puppy farmers and petshops will tell you, cross breeding Cavs to other breeds will not eradicate this condition. It seems quite common in Cav crosses.

    The only way to avoid it is with strict genetic testing and careful breeding of clear dogs only. People breeding for money don't generally spend extra on genetic testing I'm afraid...

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