ED Magedson – Founder
Ferner's Bulldogs7310 Sevierville Pike Knoxville, Tennessee United States of America
Well I was unfortunate enough to find Ferners Bulldogs website on the internet and trust the dependability of this breeder. After looking back and seeing the number of puppies this site pumps out month after month its a shame that I was stupid enough to purchase from this breeder. After purchasing a female English Bulldog from this breeder from the start there were nothing but health problems (some common in bulldogs but others genetic). Where to start, at 3 months the bulldog developed cherry eye in both eyes which is somewhat common with the breed. She also developed a malignant mass (hemocytoma) on her right side at the same time. Both were surgically taken care of at the time she was spayed. Between 8 and 9 months she developed epilepsy and had episodes of 20-30 seizures in one day. After consulting the breeder, of course, she stated there was no history of any of these medical problems in the parents bloodlines. After recently taking her to Cornell University Animal Hospital to consult a Neurologist more problems have arisen. Now with her being permanently on a seizure medication at the age of 18 months, I am hoping the seizure will cease but also found out she has paraparesis and spinal ataxia in both of her pelvic limbs which is causing her frequent back pain.
Consulting the breeder on the epilepsy was useless. Her recommendation, rather coming to an agreement on refunding some or all of her original purchase price or contributing toward the vet bills, was to give the puppy back in exchange for another. Unfortunately I do not see animals as a product like a toy or electronic device where you can just return it in exchange for another hoping that it might be better than the original. I have become emotionally attached to the animal and regardless of the circumstances would never give up on her. She still is my pride and joy and I will do whatever it takes to have her live a normal life. The next step for both the epilepsy and vertebral malformation is getting an MRI (which may be in the not too distant future and costs over $2,000.00). I have already racked up over $1,000.00 in unnecessary veterinary bills. At 18 months this poor puppy has went through a lot of issues at such a young age and am not sure what the future holds.At this point there isnt much I can do. My final thoughts are to notify potential bulldog owners on my experience with Ferners and hope no one out there will have to go through what I have already. I would recommend contacting your local AKC breeders if you are looking to get a bulldog due to this high health risk breed.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/15/2010 03:48 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/ferners-bulldogs/knoxville-tennessee-37920/ferners-bulldogs-multiple-health-problems-and-huge-vet-bills-with-puppy-purchased-from-f-623594. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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