At Von Bussler Labrador Retrievers, we strive to ensure that you receive the healthiest puppy possible. We guarantee that your puppy will be free from life-threatening or life shortening genetic defects for the first year of puppy's life. For the health guarantee to be valid, your puppy must be seen by a licensed veterinarian within 2 business days of taking delivery of the puppy. In addition, your puppy must have received all vaccinations on time, in accordance with the vaccination schedule provided to you. In the event of a health guarantee claim, documentation from the attending veterinarian will be requested, stating the puppy has been diagnosed with a life shortening or life threatening genetic defect. Vaccination records will also be required. We reserve the right to seek a second opinion (at our expense). If your puppy is found to have a life shortening or life threatening genetic illness, we will reimburse you (the buyer) through one of the following methods: 1) you may keep the puppy and receive an additional "replacement" puppy from a future litter, after documentation of spay/neuter has been provided, 2) you may keep the puppy and receive a full refund, after providing documentation the puppy has been spayed or neutered, 3) you may return the puppy for a full refund or 4) you may return the puppy and receive a replacement puppy from a future litter.
In regards to hip and elbow dysplasia: the latest studies indicate that hip dysplasia has both a genetic and an environmental component. It is thought that genetics play as little as a 50% role in the development of hip and elbow dysplasia. Environmental factors are now thought to play as large of a role in the development of hip and elbow dysplasia as genetics. This means that new owners can assume a great deal of responsibility in ensuring their dogs develop sound hips and elbows. As part of being a responsible breeder, I will guarantee that only dogs who have been found to be free from hip and elbow dysplasia will be used in my breeding program. New owners will be provided with documentation that their puppy's parents have had hips and elbows x-rayed and submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and received a "Normal" rating. OFA ratings for "Normal" hips include scores of "Excellent", "Good" or "Fair". A score of "Borderline" is not considered Normal. Scores of "Mild", "Moderate" and "Severe" are used to describe dogs with findings of hip dysplasia. Elbow scores are as follows: "Normal", "Grade 1 Elbow Dysplasia", "Grade 2 Elbow Dysplasia". The identity of our dogs is confirmed by microchip at the time of x-ray and is verified on OFA documentation by the code "VPI" (Verified Permanent Identification). We take all necessary steps to ensure that your puppy's environment (during the first 8 weeks) of life is conducive to good hip and elbow joint development. We follow recommendations for whelping box design and keep the flooring area soft (through the use of bedding products). We will also provide recommendations to you, to reduce risk factors which could adversely affect joint development (overfeeding, slick surfaces, overuse of stairs, excessive jumping).
We also guarantee that your puppy will not suffer from the following diseases, which are seen in Labrador retrievers: Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC), Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM), Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Retinal Dysplasia/Osculoskeletal Dysplasia 1 (RD/OSD). Our breeding dogs have been tested (through DNA test) for these diseases. Documentation of health test results will be provided to you. In the unlikely event any "carriers" of these diseases are used in our breeding program, you will be advised (prior to reserving a puppy) that puppies from that litter could potentially be carriers of a genetic disease ("carrier" status means the puppy could carry the gene, but will not be affected by the disease). If any of the puppies in that litter are destined for breeding homes, the litter will be DNA tested shortly after birth to identify "clear" and "carrier" puppies.