it is great to read all your stories about your lovely pets!
We are hoping that by sharing our story we may get some ideas/advice about a situation that we are finding ourselves in.
We bought a beautiful puppy (samriever - crossbreed samoyed x retriever) see photo....we are soooo in love and it is my husbands ever first dog. People advised us to have a hipscore done as hip issues are common in large breed dogs. Not really knowing what a hipscore was we asked the vet to do a hipscore and he explained that under anastaetic (sorry English is our 2nd language) he would stretch the legs and feel if the bone would be appropriately fitting in the hip socket making sure there is no laxity/flexibility and they would check the hips. The outcome was "your puppy is fine - all good". This was in May - since 2 weeks my pups hindlegs have failed him barely being able to carry his weight and have gone to a different vet (as this happened over a weekend). We now have found out that our beautiful Snowy does have hypdisplasia to our surprise. When I told the new vet that we had a "hipscore" done he requested the info from the previous vet (who moved overseas but the owner is still there).
The new vet then told me a hipscore was never done at hurstbridge clinic, and then properly explained to me what a hipscore would include and that would never be done before 5 months (our vet told us this test had to be done before the age of 5 m).
Because of the "good" outcome we also didn't take pet insurance at the time.
It now looks like the worst case scenario as both his hips are not good.
I went on the search for the breeder (but bought Snowy at PETS PARADISE IN DONCASTER) - they claim they no nothing and never had a history of hypdisplasia. We have found another couple who bought a samriever at pets paradise in Doncaster whose dog also had to have a hipreplacement at the age of 1,5. We are now looking for other people who may have bought a dog at PETS PARADISE IN DONCASTER who also have had problems with their dogs.
Upon contacting the owner of the initial veterinary clinic (hurstbridge) I got bullied out of the conversation. They informed us that in their database it is recorded that one of Snowy's parent had a history of hipdisplasia and hence we wanted Snowy to be tested. THE INTERESTING PART IS THAT WE NEVER KNEW UNTIL LAST WEEK WHO THE BREEDER WAS. Nor will the vet answer me why I got a "good result" on a test I didn't ask for. Nor will the vet answer me why a hipscore was never done (he says we can't prove we asked for one) but the other test. We feel pretty deceived by the breeder, pet shop and the hurstbridge clinic - none who will take responsibility.
Snowy is getting worse even with medication - tomorrow we have another consultation with the new vet about our options. We are wondering if there is anybody out there who has had issues similar to us and what did you do. We are currently seeking legal advice but we have to be able to prove that the dog's condition would have benefitted from an early discovery of the hipdisplasia and whether this other test should have given us a negative outcome instead of a "good" result.
SORRY FOR THE LONG MESSAGE - WE ARE SO DESPERATE - and been crying a lot for the last two weeks looking at Snowy's deteriorating condition....please help!!