Now, I'm no virologist - but I'm pretty sure that a repository cephalosporin isn't some kind of magic cure for canine parvovirus infection. So, I said to my client, as I looked at an apparently perfectly healthy 10-week-old
This, I had to hear for myself. So, I called up the breeder.
Breeder: yo, hold up a second, hold up. [pause]. OK yo, wassup?
Me: Hi, is this World's Best Rottweilers of Outer Dumbassia?
Breeder: yo, that's us, you wanna puppy, man?
Me: No thank you. My name is Dr. VBB, and I'm calling about the male puppy you sold to Mr. Gull Ibble on February 4th.
Breeder: which puppy is that?
Me: Well, the paperwork you gave him says "male puppy #4 parvo" on it. Does that mean anything to you?
Breeder: oh, yeah, man, that the puppy that had the parvo, man.
Me: so, about that - did this puppy see a veterinarian at any point?
Breeder: oh, yeah - I got one who comes by and writes the certificates. You got his certificate there, right?
Me: well, I have a "puppy passport" that lists all the vaccines and dewormings you gave.
Breeder: yeah, that's it! see the stamp there? That's the vet stamp.
Me: You mean the stamp in the corner that says "PASSED INSPECTION" ??
Breeder: yeah! that the one!
Me: So, nothing with the doctor's name or contact information?
Breeder: no, he don't work like that, you know. It's kind of on the down low.
Me: the down low?
Breeder: yeah. Cause his boss prolly don't want him working side jobs.
Me: Oh. I see. So, who gave this puppy the Convenia?
Breeder: Oh, I got that at the house. I gave that myself. I buy it off ebay, yo.
Me: I see. OK, well, I think I have all the information I need. I really want to recommend to you that you hire a veterinarian in the future to oversee your operation, because I think you are either working with someone who isn't a vet at all, or something else is going on here, because you seem to have a lot of misinformation.
Breeder: naw, it's all good, man. I got this down. Been doing this two years now. Only lost five puppies, man!
Me: OK, well, thanks anyway. Bye.
When I encounter this type of situation, I find myself wondering - why is there no way to stop this type of situation from happening? Why isn't there some phone number I can call to report these people? But let's face it - his operation is too small for USDA oversight. There probably isn't any actual actionable cruelty here. Is there some type of fraud going on? Sure, but I don't have the name of the alleged veterinarian. I don't even know if there is one. Maybe the breeder is pretending a vet came in. I have no idea why this guy would want to say one of his puppies had parvo if it didn't. The whole situation is just basically completely beyond my understanding. I just wish I could shut this type of place down.
The good part of it is the puppy I saw was adorable and apparently healthy, though somewhat wormy. He'll probably end up being a perfectly fine pet for his affable, if moderately ignorant, owner. Hopefully after coming through our office a few times for all the puppy visits, the owner won't be ignorant any more, either.
I went home after work and opened a nice bottle of red wine. I had a couple of pieces of Trader Joe's 100 calorie chocolate bars, and tried to fuggedaboutit. Obviously I failed in that!