gooeydog wrote:Is it fair to require that prior to adopting a dog? .
violet wrote:I have a pretty good eye for knee/hip/elbow issues and am quick to run x rays so we know what we are dealing with. We actually have two dogs available (three if you count the old lady) who have had x rays done. I have been working on making sure anyone I have screening a shelter dog for me knows at least what to look for i.e. slipping hocks/knees etc. If people don't have a basic knowledge of those things I think they are doign adopters a serious disservice when a dog adopted as a hiking buddy blows a knee six months later. ANd I cannot tell you how many frantic fundraisers I have seen for just this. It bugs the crap out of me. A blown knee, to some degree,, should be a forseeable thing. Granted, sometimes it's just a freak incident but usually the issue is at least partly visible. And you don't need to be a conformation snob or a vet to see it. So..seeing as it is generally something somewhat obvious, I kinda have an issue with a rescue taking a dog and not knowing and being able to pass on that info to an adopter. We currently have a young female with bad knees. This info is IN HER AD and it is noted WITH an addendum that should it require surgery downline, the rescue will back the dog up as it is being adopted with a preexisting condition.
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