I am glad you have learned why not to buy from puppy mills
Thank you so much for your reply and advice about distemper. So it can take a long time.I am so sorry for your loss.
Distemper CAN take a long time to kill a puppy and vaccines provide some protection but are NOT foolproof, it is also very likely that the pup had been exposed early in the vaccination protocol before her immune system could "take" the vaccine properly.
I'm curious to know if the vials of medicine that were in the kennel had a dispensing label on them to show where they came from.
I would certainly speak to a lawyer about this purchase. If you were not made aware of the "cough" before she was sent to you then you may have protection under a lemon law in your state.
And yes, I'm afraid that buying from online sites like this is not the best way to purchase a pup. I'm sorry that you, and your pup, had to learn this the hard way.
Thank you so much for your advice. It certainly is a help. I am very sorry for your loss as well. It is a horrible disease. I did not want to get a puppy this way but I had wanted a Cavalier ever since loosing my favorite dog (small rescue) to heart disease. I wanted another little dog and I did try shelters and rescues first. But I live far away from anywhere and so any dog rescued or not had to be shipped. All the dogs available where I live are larger dogs. So a friend kindly made it possible for me to buy this dog. I have rescued animals of all kinds most of my life. Not one of the many dogs I have rescued over the years has had distemper and I have rescued dogs in terrible conditions. So this was a shock to me. I take care of quite a lot of animals in my area. I go through 20 pounds cat food and 50 pounds dog food every three days not including canned food. Then there is the feed for all the other animals including pigs horses. I try to get all animals in my area neutered. I trap and release feral cats and feed them as well. I work closely with the humane society.I am so sorry that you lost your puppy to distemper. I lost a pup to distemper not too long ago. It was a totally different set of circumstances as mine was a stray that I took in and I only had him a week before he started showing symptoms but we fell in love with him instantly and it broke our hearts nonetheless.
It's a horrible thing to watch a puppy suffer needlessly from such a terrible disease, and I am so sorry that you and Chloe had to go through that.
I am not a supporter of puppy mills or obtaining puppies through less than reputable breeders OR by receiving a puppy through shipment; however, regardless of how you obtained your Chloe, your feelings for her were very real, and her pain and suffering were very real, and it was all something that neither of you should have had to endure. And for that I am very sorry.
I do agree that the distemper quite possibly was incubating and weakened Chloe's immune system before the vaccines could take hold and build the antibodies necessary to fight it, and therefore resulted in a compromised immune system that was unable to adequately fight off any infection, since you named so many illnesses that she got during her short life.
Again, I am so sorry for your loss. It's very little consolation, I'm sure, but as Cracker said, it may be worth pursuing the lemon law in your state and the state where Chloe was purchased to at least recoup some of your monetary loss. Even if you don't care about the money, taking it back from the breeder will be some sort of punishment to them for doing you wrong, and if you don't care about the money, you can donate it to helping shelter dogs or to animal disease research to help find cures for deadly diseases such as parvo and distemper. And I certainly don't mean to make assumptions about whether or not the money means anything to you, it's just that in many cases that's the least of people's worries when they've lost a loved one, be it human or animal.
Best wishes to you.
I did try shelters and rescues before getting this puppy but there was the adoption process from long distance and no shipping. I have rescued animals of all kinds most of my life and all my many dogs for the past thirty years all rescues and never one case of distemper or parvo. I wanted a Cavalier and cannot travel so a friend found this, I don't think breeder is a puppy mill. But I do think any one who breeds animals in this day and age is probably doing it for the money.I am glad you have learned why not to buy from puppy mills
Although very sorry for your loss, I do have to disagree with the above statement. Responsible breeders care about their breed. They have their dogs health tested for congenital issues the breed can suffer, so that it isn't perpetuated.But I do think any one who breeds animals in this day and age is probably doing it for the money.
Yes you are right and I am sorry for the general statement. I had been thinking about it all morning and meaning to clarify it. Certainly there are breeders who breed to improve the breed and breed out health issues their particular breed is prone too. They would be careful who buys their dogs and be certain the dog is not breed. But I feel that the majority of breeders people buy dogs from are not trying to improve the breed. I had never bought a dog before this and I doubt I will ever again.Although very sorry for your loss, I do have to disagree with the above statement. Responsible breeders care about their breed. They have their dogs health tested for congenital issues the breed can suffer, so that it isn't perpetuated.
There are good breeders and bad breeders. If not a puppy mill, I would say your breeder was a backyard breeder at best. Selling pups online and accepting payments via paypal is a huge flag. Shipping a sick pup off with meds taped to a carrier, no mention of health testing on her site (a health certificate isn't health testing), selling a pup with structural issues (if the pup had splayed legs), not to mention several glaring spelling issues on her site. Bad spelling is not the end of the world, but not a great way to make yourself come off as professional.
If you want a Cavalier pup, there are ways to get into contact with responsible breeders. Start by contacting the breed club, and someone can likely point you in the direction of a responsible breeder.
Thank you so much. Everyone on this forum has been so kind and helpful and it certainly helps.I am so sorry for your loss
I purchased Chloe, a five month old 4 pound Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy...........
The breeder sent me a scan of a card with 4 vaccinations stickers on it for the puppy. She said she called Galaxy and they say there was nothing wrong with that batch. She said her vet hasn't seen distemper in years and was wondering if there were racoons or some other wildlife where I live. There isn't. Then she thought there might have been an exotic animal on the plane when Chloe was sent. I have rescued dogs 40+ years here and never had one with distemper. 4 vaccinations should have protected her from canine distemper which the autopsy shows she had. It is such a mystery.