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We purchased a lab puppy from what I believe is a reputable breeder. Second day home he showed signs of Parvo. Was officially diagnosed 3 days later. Puppy is perfectly fine after 2 days in the vet hospital.
The breeder was contacted. Did not admit to any other cases at her facility. The vet said the Parvo undoubtedly came home with the puppy. Breeder was concerned and offered advice but did not offer to share in the treatment cost.
Any thoughts on the proper protocol here? I value the wisdom of this breeder and don’t want my asking to cause a divide. Never dealt with this before. Puppy had proper vaccines and “health guarantee”. Thanks for your thoughts.
 

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If the pup was vaccinated for parvo and somehow the vaccine failed, or for some reason the pup was unusually susceptible, I would not think of asking the breeder to share costs. By making sure the pup was vaccinated she did all that any breeder could do to make sure that the pup was protected. Also, if the pup left her facility with no symptoms she had no way of knowing that this would happen and cannot imho be held accountable for such a rare occurrence.
Parvo is extremely widespread, that is why they tell new puppy owners not to go out in public until weeks after a vaccine and to stay home and in their yard. I don't think the vet could say where the parvo came from.
Thanks for your thoughts on this matter. I appreciate the response :) So much time has elapsed that we will not be contacting the breeder for any kind of reimbursement obviously. Still though, who’s to say she didn’t notice any signs? The puppy exhibited symptoms under our care by the next day! Less than 24 hours. Far under the incubation time frame. That is why the vet determined the puppy came to us with Parvo. Anyway…..water under the bridge at this point. Still doesn’t sit right with me though :/
 
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