Megaesophogus- how common???
I got a puppy about 2 months ago, and I had her for 3 weeks. She wasn't growing and weighed 10 pounds at 3 months. We took her to the vet for xrays, etc. and she had megaesophogus- we were told she would need a feeding tube, and even with that it would just prolong her life for a couple months, then she'd need to be put to sleep. her whole esophogus was affected so it wasn't just a matter of liquid food, etc. She slept ALL the time- she would only play for max. 30 minutes a day, and sleep all night, etc. I sent her back to the breeder. she costed me $1200, we managed to get the money back, we found out after the breeder had told us that no one else had issues, etc,etc. that the runt of the litter was put to sleep in the first month because it was vomitting and not growing, and another puppy from the litter was sold sick aswell. I went to another province last week and found another puppy, she's purebred and her mom is from Germany, her father from Boston.
Basically, I'm wondering how common it is for a shepherd to have megaesophogus and how much she should weigh at 9 weeks, when I bring her home?? We rescued our other shepherd and he hasn't had any trouble, we're new at this whole puppy thing, and really trusted the first breeder to know what she was doing and be honest with us, but now i really want all of the info i can get to make sure i get a healthy puppy- it was really heartbreaking to bring her back.
any advice would be great!