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<hugs> I think the first step would be to call the breeder. Calm down, write what you want to get across down (this part always helps me) and talk about things. Is the condition luxating patellas?

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Call the breeder and look up to see if her Parent's Patellas were tested.

Do you want to do performance sports with your dog? The Patellas could be a problem.

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Susan, I'm sooo sorry! I bet your heart just plummeted right into your stomach when the vet told you all of this.

I'm also sure you felt pretty guilty and please don't because the excitement of getting a Havanese is pretty darn blinding.

That's too bad about your frustrations with the breeder, she does seem extremely responsible from the website. I know that websites really don't tell us everything.

I do know that good breeders stand behind and up for the health of their pups, and so I hope she is willing to pay for the teeth cleaning, but I don't know what you should expect about the patella problem. Hug Hug Hug to you! I know there are a lot of people here on the forum that have experience with this.

Actually I brought Posh to the vet yesterday for her heartworm test and for some tick killer and he checked her teeth, but I forgot to have him check her knees. This is my first toy breed, so it's a whole new world....I do know that her parents were tested, and I think she may have been too...

Are you starting to wonder if the "crooked tooth" was really the reason she wanted to place her?

Also, couldn't they clean her teeth or at least some of them (like one side) while she is out for the spay surgery? I paid $140 to have Posh spayed, and he pulled a couple teeth at the same time. I think it would be cheaper if you visited Posh and me in MN! My SIL got her yorkie's terribly rotted teeth cleaned for less than $100. This included the full blood panel. Granted my vet has an awkward bedside manner...but he's a great guy, just completely socially retarded!
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Couldn't they do the teeth cleaning at the same time as the spay? That way she'd only have to be put under one time.
I'd definitely talk to your breeder (after you've calmed down a bit) and find out all you can about Molly, especally her parents and her age.
The patellas might or might not become an issue. My parent's dog had a patella that occassionally slipped but it only caused a little hip-hop in his gait now and then and it poppped right back in. It didn't slow him down one bit nor did it cause him any pain so they left it alone and he was happy and healthy for 15 years.
Yeast in the ears can be pretty common and can occur from something as simple as bathing if they get water in their ears. It's easily treated. I totally agree that your breeder should have told you about it. It would seem that if they are loaded with yeast they would have smelled bad. It's a pretty telltale odor.
Don't be mad at yourself. You did do your research. All any of us can do is take someone at their word.
Definitely contact your breeder though and make a list of things to discuss like Amanda suggested. If Molly has luxating patellas and needs surgery, they should help out with that if they knew about it.
Dirty teeth and yeast ears aside, Molly is a precious girl.
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I am soo sorry to hear this. I hope if and when you contact the breeder she will help answer your questions. She is still sooo cute no matter what!!!!! Hugs to you!!!

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They should absolutely be able to clean her teeth while she is under for the spay. Speak with your vet about that. I'm sorry you are having to deal with these issues!
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Originally Posted by lulubella View Post
Amy--you always make me giggle! Thank you!

I am definitely doubting her reasons for giving her up. There's no way she could have been a show dog with those knees.

Unfortunately, here on "lovely" Long Island, everything is about triple what it costs everywhere else!

I just can't believe this is happening. I'm trying to decide if I should call her or email her first.

The vet was saying that he doesn't like to do both on the same day b/c he doesn't like to have the bacteria from the teeth flying around when he has an open wound. He's a friend of ours, so I definitely trust him.

Oh well, I'll have to see where this goes.

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Write it all down first and then decide about calling or emailing.

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I would call her once you have calmed down and just tell her what your vet said. I would hope she would make this right with you.

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Many times the vet will give a prescription for antibiotic to be taken for the 10 - 14 days prior to the spay to take care of any bacterial issues that could be going on with the teeth. My vet feels comfortable doing it this way and prefers it to putting them under anethesia twice.
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