I wonder if this tends to be present in pups from older bitches. I mean, ok, dogs produce sperms throughout their life-time, but a bitch has all of her eggs, and just drops some of them when they are in heat. So she has all of her eggs. And we x-ray her hips, maybe once, maybe a couple of times. We x-ray to verify pregnancy and count spines and skulls. We x-ray for limps and injuries. We sometimes x-ray to see if there is a retained puppy.
Yeah, they say the amount of x-ray is not harmful. But how do they know? It is not harmful to the bitch, but what about these eggs in there, that have been x-rayed every time? Every time I go near the x-ray room, they ask me if I am pregnant -- and sometimes do a pregnancy test even though I say I am not, no way, I'm not paying for that!!! And they put a lead apron on you. Hitler had done experiments on sterilizing humans through x-rays. So how do we know that the amount of x-rays a breeding bitch goes through does not effect the eggs, that she has all along? Maybe some of the congenital problems coming out of reputable breeding situations, are actually being caused by reputable breeding practices. Maybe.
Now this PDA, isn't that where the valve does not close/whatever, it should have happened either before or after birth, and it just didn't? If that is so, then the answer is to have heart surgery and repair it. Else the heart enlarges, as the puppy does not have a proper life-span.
The decision to return the pup to the breeder is a personal one. If you choose that route, than I see nothing wrong with the decision. No one should fault you. I think that if you do go through with the heart surgery, the breeder should refund your purchase price and let you keep the puppy. Going through with the surgery proves that you are a good home. You are not getting something for nothing. And otherwise she has to find a buyer/new home for a dog that had heart surgery, probably for free. I mean, it could be an option, the 1K purchase price can be somewhat of an offset for the surgery. I understand that puppies that have this repaired actually do have a good prognosis for a normal life and life-span.
Heidi Ho, Odie
Joy-Joy, Bear Cub, Hepsi-Pepsi
Cujo2, Karma Chameleon
Ramona the Pest, Kojak -- who loves you baby?
Tiny Tinnie, Susie's Uzzi, Kaiah -- The Baby Monster.