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    DefaultNeed opinions & advice!!

    We're planning to pick up our 8 week old puppy on Nov. 21st. I got a call from the breeder this morning telling us that our pup had to be taken to the vet yesterday because she was having trouble breathing & she's lost a few ounces & won't eat any food. The breeder also told us that she has swimmer's belly & that the vet found a respiratory infection similar to pneumonia in humans & she's now on some heavy duty antibiotics. We haven't actually seen this pup in person, just put a deposit on her when we found out the breeder had a yellow female. After losing a very sick dog 6 months ago, my gut instinct is telling me not to start off with a new puppy that's already experiencing health problems. The breeder told my husband that she would understand if we want to look at other breeders. What would you guys do? ???

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    Its hard to say.
    What do you know about the parents of the dogs?
    How are the puppies being cared for inside or out? around a lot of people or not?

    Id be scared to get a that is already having troubles.

    How old are the puppies right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LabMommyKathryn
    Its hard to say.*
    What do you know about the parents of the dogs?*
    How are the puppies being cared for inside or out? around a lot of people or not?

    Id be scared to get a that is already having troubles.

    How old are the puppies right now?
    They're 4 weeks old now....only 3 in the litter and they were a week premature.* The breeder keeps them in her house. The breeder assures me that everything should be fine & said her husband told her she shouldn't even call us & make us worry about the puppy, but I just don't think I feel comfortable bringing her home.* Something inside is telling me that we could be in for heartache & I just can't go through that or put my son through it after* we just lost Dakota 6 months ago.

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    What do you know about the parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LabMommyKathryn
    What do you know about the parents.*
    The parents are both healthy & have great pedigrees. The mother was artificially inseminated & apparently the day the "specimen" was delivered it was 1o4 degrees the breeder said & one of her dogs had 3 pups & the other had none.

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    Id really have to think about it.
    If you know their vet I would try contacting them and see what they say.
    After losing 2 labs since Christmas of 05 I would have to think twice about a puppy that is ill at this time. The puppy might turn out to be a great little dog but my heart strings would tell me no that I couldn't take it again.
    The thing is all puppies/dogs need homes.

    I really hope someone else can give you some good advice on what to do.

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    Poor little Brinkley I hope she is feeling better soon.

    I think I would not be in a hurry to make a descion yet.....the breeder isn't pressing you to make one is she? You still have a few weeks until she is due to come home with you, so maybe waiting to see how well she recovers from this illness would be a good option. Do you already have a vet you trust? Could you have a chat with them about prognosis, recovery, on going problems etc?

    Won't someone please feed me!

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    I would go with your gut instinct.* In my experience, it is rarely wrong.*

    If you are really hesitant, then just hold off on this one and find a nice yellow girl somewhere else.* They're definitely out there.* The people you'd be getting her from are at a point where they'd understand as breeders, and who knows what long-term problems she may face if her newly-developing lungs end up with scar tissue or anything else as a results of the infection.* *Pneumonia is not a good thing, especially in a 4 wk-old puppy.

    I'm with you...after a recent loss still so fresh in your minds, I would try to start off with as healthy of a puppy as possible for everyone's sake.* This little girl won't go "homeless" with reputable breeders, so you wouldn't have to feel guilty...she just may have to stay with them for a while.*

    Good luck with whatever you decide! It isn't an easy decision, by any means.

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    I agree...your gut is never wrong.
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    Deff. take the time to think about it. I would talk to the breeder and tell them what you are up against, with the other 2 passing away, and your son and all that. They should understand, and if they are pressuring you, they aren't the right breeder for you. I hope this baby is okay anyway and that you find the right lab for your family forever!

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