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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Hi, we are looking to buy a puppy and have put a deposit on

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Hi, we are looking to buy a puppy and have put a deposit on a 6 week old female miniature dachshund.

At the weekend, the breeder called us and said that she is making a bit of a snuffly noise when feeding but when she took her to the vet, he said she was fine and heart lungs healthy etc.

She is very active and gaining weight the same as the rest of the litter.

The breeder has advised that she will take her back for a second opinion at 8 weeks.

We heard the noise and I really dont think we would have noticed it if the breeder hadn't pointed it out and believe she is just trying to be really honest with us.

We are slightly concerned at what to do as if it does end up leading onto a condition it probably wont be covered on insurance as its from birth but the vet has given her all clear at the mo.

What would you advise? REally dont want to pull out but also have got to be sensible

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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely fashion. My advice is to allow the breeder to take Mable back for a second opinion in two weeks. The tincture of time will either take care of the snuffling or it will persist or perhaps worsen at which time a diagnosis will be easier to make. I would prefer to leave a pup with its litter until at least 8 weeks of age in any event to allow for proper socialization to both other dogs and people.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Hi Dr Salkin

Thanks for your reply.

We are due to pick up at at week 9 so that falls in line with your recommendation.

If the vet doesn't make a diagnosis, will they still record the symptoms on file? Insurance is our biggest concern

The insurance company won't be aware of the breeder's vet's attentions. As the policy holder, only your visits to a vet are pertinent.

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