Some Thoughts on Health Issues
Hip Dysplasia...Heritary or enviormental?
It can be either or both
Enviormental: If your puppy is blessed with great hips, are you home free? Absolutely not. Even the best puppy hips can deteriote from stress or injury. Newfie puppies grow very fast from 3 months to 8 months, They will get almost to adult height in those few months. The rapid growth alone stresses the joints and ligaments, add rough play, slipping, jumping, climbing while the hip sockets are still forming and dysplasia is born. The hip socket and the "ball" of the leg bone are suppose to be a nice fit If all goes well, the movement in the perfect fit will encourage good development and bone. But injury can cause the perfect fit to get "loose" or the "ball" to get missplaced. Any extra play in the still forming joint will cause improper formation, the joint to lose its smoothness, the socket becomes shallow and deteriate.(dysplasia) Because of the improper fit** this bone has lost its nice round shape. This is mild dysplasia.
This dog will have arthritis and some problems as he ages. *** improper fit can be enviormental(stress or injury) or heritary Injury can cause this !!! .
Some of the biggies that can cause your pup to be dysplastic are" (these are also the causes for elbow and stifle/patella problems) 1) slipping/sliding on slick floors (tile , linoulmn,wet grass ect.) Your puppy sliding across the floor after a toy is cute but it can also cause him to become a cripple. Access to slick floors should be avoided or at least limited to:
Heritary/developmental in the womb: Sometimes the hip sockets in a newf pup are just not right for the beginning. This can vary from:
Most breeders have some sort of guarentee of a replacement pup for serious health problems. ....ok, well.. if you have thru ignorance,accident or lack of care "trashed " a perfectly good pup, should you be entitled to a free pup? If your pup has heritary problems ...its back to the breeder... if the breeder used only healthy parents for breeding What more could the breeder have done?. As A breeder the last thing I want to do is produce a pup with problems, but other than health checking the parents there is nothing I can. Someday there will be a DNA test for every hidden problem gene but untill then breeders can only do the tests available. Yes, its sad , heartbreaking and expensive if your beloved newf has a serious health issue ....But why do we feel the need to blame and hold some one accountable ? We get no guarentee's on our own health or that of our children. Health problems are a fact of life.
Breeders are not God, owners can not protect thier pups from all of life's impact . As buyers of living breathing creatures that are subject to hidden genes, development and, environmental impact we must accept the risk of life. If you cant accept this dont buy a living creature especialy not a newf.