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!