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3/7/2009 9:14:25 AM
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We purchased a German Shepherd pup from ****(removed by Mod. Rules state no naming names)*****(who advertises on this website) in Larkspur, CO about 2 1/2 years ago. After many visits to the vet and failed attempts with fish oils and other methods to relieve the itching, we took him to a dermatology specialist who administered a VERY expensive patch test for blood work to determine allergic reactions. Sure enough, the tests came back positive. The dog is allergic to house dust, storage mite, house dust mite,red cedar/juniper, 3+ cotton, English plantain, box elder, olive, dock/sorrel, western ragweed, dandelion, mosquito, cockroach, moth, housefly, d. farinae, d. pieronyssinus, 2+ cat epithelia, and helminthosporium. There's no way to keep him from these things unless we place him in a bubble the rest of his life.

The dog is now on very expensive weekly injections for the rest of his life to help relieve the symptoms. The agreement with the breeder clearly states there is a warranty that covers "genetic defects, including allergies." That's also exactly what he advertises in his "5 year bumper to bumper" warranty on this site:

"5 Year "Bumper to Bumper": Health, genetic, intelligent and sound temperament guarantee. Our German Shepherd puppies and German shepherd import puppies have a written guarantee for hip dysplasia.
This is a FIVE year guarantee, as hips can be x-rayed preliminarily at the age of 6 - 12 months and certified at 24 months. We also guarantee (5 YEAR): For genetic diseases , ALLERGIES, heart problems, thyroid problems, epilepsy, or any eye disorders or conditions. We also guarantee against soft or lazy ears."

When I approached the breeder about this issue, he replied, "Oh, I spoke to ***** at your vet and found your dog's allergies are NOT genetic--our warranty is only for GENETIC allergies." "*****" is the front-desk receptionist. He made this diagnosis on the basis of a phone conversation a receptionist. He didn't even speak with the dermatologist.

I am now forced to take time out of a very busy schedule to take this character to court to recoup my losses. Apparently, I'm not the first one he has done this to. ******(removed by mod)*******
3/8/2009 4:58:08 AM
Posts: 1904
Usually it is required that you provide a written statement from the vet in regards to these problems.

IF you have not explored the possibility, you might also look at dietary changes which might help redude the problem. Sometimes foods have things added which also cause allergic reactions or make existing problems worse.

Serena Galloway
IGCA rescue Colorado

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