I am meeting with the breeder tomorrow about the cause of death of my little yorkie.. what should i do?
According to the vet letter my little yorkie was sick before we purchased her. The breeder said he will give us a refund with proof of a vet letter which indeed we do.
Not only that we purchased her for $400, her vet bill was another $400... is it wrong for us to ask if he could also give us the other half which is the 400 in vet bill??
The vet said it was possible she died of parvovirus which mean she has gotten sick before arriving to our new home... what is the possibility that he can do for us...? what kind of questions should we asked when meeting the breeder tomorrow morning??
Getting a refund (rather than an 'exchange' or replacement puppy) is good. You're fortunate that you bought your puppy from a responsible breeder and/or had a contract on her.
If you had a contract it will depend on the conditions and stipulations within it whether or not you can claim any veterinary expenses related to your pups illness and death. In my personal experience you will be unlikely to have a contract that offers that. Generally your veterinary costs are your responsibility, regardless of whether or not the puppy was sick.
It wouldn't be 'wrong' of you to ask for the veterinary costs to be paid for by the breeder, but I wouldn't hold out a lot of hope of actually getting them. I'm not a vet, or a lawyer, and I'm not sure if there is any way you could actually PROVE the puppy was sick before you purchased her, and I'm not sure that it would help anyway.
If your puppy did die from Parvovirus soon after you got her,then the other puppies in her litter (and possibly others) would also have been infected. Parvo is very contagious. You could ask the breeder if the other puppies from the litter are all okay, and if your puppy had a health check before she left him, but that's about all.
Personally, I would accept the refund and request that the breeder pay the vet fees, or at least split it 50/50 with you. But if he's not willing, just let it go. Dog ownership is expensive, and there are no guarantees. Chalk it up to experience and pray that you are luckier next time.
Best of luck.
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