Without going into great detail, I purchased a Labrador bitch just after the new year this year, around May time we noticed the dog had a slight limp. After several visits to the local vets for X-rays and suchlike we ended up having to take the dog for a CT scan and a operation at the Royal School of Veterinary Studies up in Edinburgh which we are just nicely home from.
The vets who performed the op removed bone fragments from one elbow amongs doing other things to it as well. Basically the dog has got osteoarthritis in both its front legs. The dog may have it in the back legs as well but they didn't scan those,(cost issue to me).
After a lengthy chat with the vets they basically said Lucy's (the dog) condition was cogenital, in other words she was born with it.
Now I have just returned from a trip to the breeders where I got the Lucy from, to make him aware of the problem and the potential for Lucy's siblings to maybe be affected. I know this will have come as a shock to him but to my amazement he said Lucy's problem was probably down to my "training methods", by this time he had already seen several vet reports. The conversation rapidly went down hill from that point , him being a "responsible breeder", I thought he might have made an attempt to put this right ( give me my money back) .
This is where I need the advice, has anyone ever sued a breeder for a congenital disorder in a dog, he wants the dog back, which he won't get as its the kids pet now, but I want my money back because I have been sold a "dud" so to speak. The insurance will hopefully pay out for everything but I'm still going to be out of pocket for at least £600 because of the excess and other bits and bats that I can't claim for.
My last question is , does anybody think I am being unreasonable about this, as my view about it all is clouded in anger.
Scott & Lucy