Question About Breeding & EPI
First of all, I just want to make it known that I do not have a confirmed diagnosis on this, we are in progress of testing. So, this is just for my own personal curiosity presently.
From what I've read and heard of EPI, it seems to be a genetically inherited condition, please correct me if I'm wrong.
What would you, as a breeder, do if you sold a pup to someone and later found out it was diagnosed with EPI? Is this something a breeder normally takes responsibility for? I'm not saying I think they should or should not, because I really have NO idea, which is why I am asking. And what about the sire and dam? Would it still be ok for them to breed, and if not, how do you know which one (if it's only one parent) is responsible for the EPI?
Also, can a dog with EPI still work? Is it fair to the dog? Will it put more stress on it's system and make the condition worse, or have any sort of effect on it at all? And if so, what kind of work? Is it limited to non-strenuous activities like obedience, etc. or would it still be ok competing in high activity events like agility or schutzhund?
I really appreciate any feedback you can give me.