Re: EPI and breeding
After having an EPI dog (RIP Jazzi) I would beg them not to. I was lucky because I did the research and figured out what was wrong with Jazzi and had the vet test. She went downhill so fast in that two weeks. Another week and we would have lost her at that time. I don't believe just everyday pet owners would have a clue but because I am here on this board and others I knew what symptoms were. To this day many vets are very uninformed of this disease.
I'd say to knowingly breed a dog that pups could suffer (starve)and die would be horrible. I'm not saying people would intentionally let their dog suffer, just that it takes a dedicated owner to search what is going on and that sometimes takes a LOT of time and possibly money at the vet. Many people can't or won't spend the type of money that all of us do to keep our dogs healthy. Most of us on here are informed owners but I can guarantee the people down the road from me with a GSD in a kennel, gets fed and watered, never out and never any attention....would they care?? NO...they used to have hunting dogs, one wasn't feeling well so they turned it out to die.
After we had Jazzi on her enzymes she was fine for several years until she died from something else. It was expensive for the enzymes and time consuming for fixing her food. Did we care, nope, she was our girl and greatly loved. It was just a way of life for us. As soon as she was healthy again, she was spayed.
If bred, they would just be putting a litter of pups out there that may needlessly suffer. Most breeders I know care about their pups and would never want that for them.
Jesse, Oakley, and Xander's Mom
Sweet, gentle Maggie, in our hearts forever!
Our hearts are still broken Jazzi, we miss you so much!
In Loving Memory of Misty. We love you Misty Mist.
We'll never forget you Callie and Quebec.