Our 5 month old SBT puppy – Tyson had an emergency trip to the vet – all is well now.
However, upon a general examination the vet brought to our attention his bottom jaw.
The vet advised that his bottom jaw is severely undershot, which has led to his bottom canines sitting in the wrong spot and therefore piercing the top of his mouth and preventing his jaw from growing.
The vets note reads:
Mandible greatly shorter of maxilla with mandibular Canines abutting hard palate causing trauma.
Extraction of canines to permit optimal growth of mandible.
Tyson may require orthodontic procedure in future when adult teeth erupt.
The vet was also advised this condition should have been brought to our attention prior to us purchasing Tyson and that a defect such as this should have been diagnosed at birth.
This came as a huge shock to us as we were under the impression Tyson had a clean bill of health.
After becoming aware of this, I guess our first thoughts were that we purchased him from a VCA Registered Breeder– so we had complete trust in the advice and information provided.
We also chose Tyson over another puppy on the grounds that he was healthy, and paid a premium price.
Unsure of what to do, I contacted the VCA to discuss the situation.
They advised that normally in a situation like this, the breeder would need to supply us with a new puppy or the breeder would need to refund us the money and we would return the puppy.
I explained to the VCA that Tyson is in no way refundable. He is very much an adored member of our family and is irreplaceable.
They advised us to negotiate the matter with the breeder – who I have not been able to get in touch with.
Obviously the removal of his canines and the possibility of an orthodontic procedure is an unexpected expense and quite hefty one at that.
We have since gone ahead with the procedure to ensure Tyson has the best quality of life.
I have provided the Breeder with the above information in the hope that we could negotiate the liability of costs for these procedures – but we have had no such luck.
I guess we should be thanking our lucky stars that the problem was discovered, and we were able to hopefully able to put a stop to the pain he was suffering.
I just really wanted know people’s thoughts and any advise that they may have.
And I also wanted to make sure potential puppy purchasers are aware.