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Have you talked to them?
I would certainly say you have the right too take legal action.
Education not Legislation
First thing you should do is contact the breeder and explain the problem. It will depend whether the condition is considered genetic within that breed. Just because a vet says it is genetic, doesn't mean a breeder will agree and unless it's been scientifically proven as being genetic you will find it hard to argue with a stubborn breeder. It will also depend on what was written in your contract.
If you have already contacted the breeder and you are being given the brush off, all I can suggest is that you become VERY persistent about getting a refund.
May I ask what breed you have and what the health issue is?
Do you have a contract on the puppy? What does this contract state regarding genetic health issues and return policies?
A good registered breeder should of given you a contract that clearly outlines what conditions they will be responsible for and how they ensure the puppy is free of genetic health issues. i.e. hip score test results from both parents. In our contract we also had things we had to follow for the first twelve months to ensure they would honour the contract like adding calcium to the food.
I hope your pup is okay!!!
You should definitely contact the breeder. Of course you cannot 100% guarantee the heath of an animal but genetic heath tests such as hip score etc should be clear from the breeding pair.
They should also be made aware that your pup has problems and that they shouldn't be breeding from them.
Was your pup registered on main or limited?
Mind you there are registered breeders that don't necessarily do the right thing.
What breed is the pup?
So is there anything in your contract about this and did you speak with your breeder?
A decent person does not need a contract, your dog is not fit fot the purpose you bought it for, a family pet.
The least the breeder should do if you have not got the dog over weight or it has not beebn injured, is to give you another dog, all dogs are not perfect and you chose a breed known for bad hip problems so you do need to be fair, but I would still feel you should get at least another pup offered to you.
Do NOT feed extra calcium, just a calcium rich diet as a growing pup, added calcium can cause deposits to form in joints and actually lead to problems later, it is no longer recomended by many vets.
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