Our setters and the parents of our puppies are in excellent health and are OFA Certified. ALL Pine Mountain pups and dogs are vet checked prior to leaving with a new owner, and your puppy/dog will be healthy when leaving to their new homes. The owners have 3 days from the date of purchase to have their own vet examine the puppy if they chose. No possible replacements will be considered after the period of 3 days. If there vet finds the puppy unfit the owner must contact Pine Mountain Setters via phone. Documentation from the owners vet must be sent for the breeders vet to review prior to the return and receiving another puppy and the pup may be required to undergo another evaluation by the breeders vet or a vet of their choosing at the cost of the owner. If the pup is found to be unfit after full review by the breeders vet or vet of the breeders choice the process will be started for possible replacement. (This excludes any injury the pup may incur while with their new owner). The breeder assumes no responsibility with respect to the puppy/dog after leaving the breeders premises: medical expenses, mortality, landlord's disapproval, owner(s) allergies to animals, disagreement of family, friends and neighbors, litigation or legal fees.
The Seller guarantees that your pup come from a breeding and whelped from parents that are OFA certified in the effort to help prevent a pup from having hip dysplasia. Pine Mountain Setters highly encourages the buyer to have their pup x-rayed at 6 months of age for a preliminary OFA reading and certified OFA reading at the age of 2 yrs. old. The dog should be x-rayed at 24 months of age (2 years old0 by an approved veterinarian. We encourage the buyer to ask their vets questions on their history of taking x-rays for OFA certification as it is so very important that good quality x-rays are taken prior to sending them to OFA as improper placement of the hips for x-rays can give false negative readings. If a buyer finds their pup to have hip dysplasia after a preliminary OFA reading or a 2 year certified reading they are encouraged to contact Pine Mountain Setters to start the process of possibly obtaining a new pup at first availability. Pups/dogs older than 25 months of age will not be considered. The following must have not have also occurred:
- The pup cannot have been sold or placed in another home. The pup must be with the original owner.
- Must not have whelped or sired a litter of puppies.
- The following steps must be completed and followed.
If your pup is suspected of having hip dysplasia you must do the following steps:
- I must be contact via phone.
- Your pup must have been x-rayed by your vet and those x-rays sent to the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) for their evaluation.
- I must then receive a copy of the report from OFA along with a letter / report from your vet that checked the dog stating their findings for my vet to review.
- Only OFA evaluation is acceptable and the buyer may be required to have the x-rays repeated by the breeder's vet or a vet of the breeder's choice at the buyers expense.
- The OFA report must show your dog’s hips as Mild, Moderate or severe hip dysplasia. Excellent, Good, and Fair ratings are within normal limits per OFA regulations. Any dog with the rating of Excellent, Good or fair will not be considered for replacement.
- If the dog has been found to have hip dysplasia due to lack of nutrition, care, or injury will not be considered for replacement.
- The owner must show written proof from their vet that the dog has been spayed or neutered.
- The final decision on replacement is with the breeder.
If your pup is found to have hip dysplasia the process will be started for possible replacement. If the decision is made to replace the pup/dog we will replace the pup out of the first available litter that has a pup available ONLY with written proof from the owners vet showing the dog has been spayed or neutered. Then arrangements will be set in place for the owner to possibly receive another pup.
***Pine Mountain Setters is not responsible in any way for the cost of spaying or neutering of the owners dog***
***NOTE Pine Mountain Setters will not be responsible for or liable for any costs incurred for any treatment on the puppy purchased from us during the life of the dog under any circumstances or conditions. Pine Mountain Setters will not assist or pay for any vet expenses including genetic defects except if it has been agreed upon and put in writing.***