Purchased a puppy from this breeder in Dec 2007. When I went to pick-up the puppy the breeder did not even come out to meet me she sent her teenage children to deliver the puppy to me. When asked to see the puppy quarters I was told it was too late - 6:30pm.
From the moment I brought Kodi home he had explosive diarrhea. I did not contact the breeder right away because my vet and I both felt this was just an intestinal parasite that was easily treated. After a month a treaments for coccidia, worms and prophylatic treatments for giardia I contacted the breeder who told me that this was common in malamutes until they are about 10 months old. My vet and I found this to be absurd. We tried different foods and numerous blood tests. He eventually had to be put on ID dog food and an anti-diahreal just so he would keep some nutrients. In february my vet sent out an IFA for giardia - which we had been prophylatically treated for. The test came back positive for Giardia - we continued to treat him with panacur and metronazidole - with no results.
When I contacted the breeder she told me that she had dogs that have had giardia in the past and so it was on her property. She did not disclose this to me in the beginning. Contrary to what some people will say giardia is very hard to detect - only when the parasite is shedding will you get a positive.
We continued the treatments for giardia and the prescription dog food for Kodiak but got absolutely no results - in fact he got worse. My vet sent me to Purdue university Veterinary School - there he was found to no longer have giardia but he had a resitant stain of e-coli. They also felt he had a problem with his pancreas and small bowel. They wanted to do a 3000.00 exploratory surgery to hopefully be able to make a diagnosis.
At this point we had to make a decision as he was only 5 months old and we had already put thounds of dollars into him. We made the hardest decision ever but we chose to put him out of his misery. At the time of his death he had only gained 8 lbs. in 2 months. Anyone that knows anything about malamutes will know that malamutes gain alot more than that in a 2 month period.
This is just a brief summary of my ordeal. Throughout the 4 months I owned Kodiak I was at the vet 2-3 times per week. I tried everything from holistic treatments, medications, blood work, precription dog food and making his food (for 2 weeks per Purdue he was fed a diet of cooked rice, cottage cheese and safflower oil.) and probiotics.
Kodiak never should have been sold to me. If the breeder had any knowledge of this puppy prior to him leaving she should not in good faith have let him leave her property with as sick as he was. I personally do not feel that she has any knowledge of her puppies as she has way too many litters availabe at any given time.
I did file a report with the BBB but because I chose to wait to contact her she hid behind her guarantee. Also this breeder states she is selling AKC dogs but she does not offer the papers until you spay/neuter your animal. I have requested kodiaks AKC papers but the breeder has yet to produce them. Also the vet records that were provided to me from the breeder are questionable. The receipt that was given to me had a dog's name crossed off and the mother of Kodiaks litter written in and the recipt was dated 10/07/2007 my dog's birthdate was 10/20/2007.
I have submitted all of my documentation to the Humane Society of United States, Michigan Dept of Agriculture, Michigan Attorney General. I have also posted a review on puppyfind, which I am waiting for it to be put back on as the breeder had it removed.
South Bend, Indiana