We guarantee the puppy to be free of PRA (progressive retinal atrophy) for up to 1 year of age. If you suspect your puppy has PRA, it must be verified by a certified Canine Ophthalmologist.
We guarantee the puppy to be free of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia for up to 25 months of age.
If your veterinarian suspects a dysplasia problem, the x-ray showing this condition must be verified by the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals). This x-ray must be done before 25 months of age. If any of these conditions are verified, and the owner wants to keep the dog, we will refund half of the purchase price upon receiving a veterinarian's letter confirming that the dog has been spayed or neutered. Otherwise, the breeder will replace the dog with a puppy of comparable breeding when available. The first puppy will have to be returned to Hayshaker Labs (if you choose to have your puppy replaced ) with its AKC paperwork. In any case, all veterinary, diagnostic, return, and replacement costs will be the owner's responsibility. These guarantees are dependent upon demonstration that the puppy has received adequate care and nutrition. Anything that affects the development or well-being of the puppy, such as abuse, neglect, trauma (i.e. jumping in the air for Frisbees or other toys), or being used for breeding prior to all health certifications and 24 months of age will void these guarantees.
Although no breeder can truly “guarantee” that a dog will be free from hereditary disorders, we DO guarantee that we have researched pedigrees and have done health clearances to the best of our abilities, and Hayshaker Labs guarantee that we breed only healthy and sound dogs. Hayshaker Labs uses only sound breeding stock to lessen the occurrence of defects considered to be hereditary.
While we cannot "guarantee" that your dog will be free of genetic defects, we do guarantee that both parents were reported to be free of hip dysplasia and hereditary eye diseases at the time of the breeding. Copies of those reports will be provided in your puppy packet.
Listed are a few things to help avoid common health issues in Labrador Retrievers.
Dysplasia: both hip and elbow dysplasia are influenced by hereditary factors.
Note that nutritional and environmental factors also play a role in joint health.
Poor nutrition and excess weight can contribute to these disorders, as can injury. Therefore, the new owner assumes part of the responsibility for the orthopedic health of their dog. As a condition of sale, you agree to feed a good quality dog food /canine diet, and you agree to keep the pup in good physical condition by allowing him or her to exercise at will. You further agree to monitor the pup/growing dog’s weight to ensure that s/he does not become overweight. We recommend that you feed your puppy a top quality food, helping maintain his/her health.
Monitor your puppy to make sure it receives proper exercise but does not get injured. Over or under exercising your puppy can negatively impact its health. Do not allow jumping on and off of furniture or stairs. Also, keep the puppy off of slippery or damp flooring. Your puppy will benefit from regular walks and from play sessions in your yard. Avoid strenuous exercise and do not jog your dog until he is at least 18 months old. Although “agility” is a fun sport to be involved with and offers an opportunity for team work with your dog, it is well documented that jumping can do major damage to growing joints, therefore you should not participate in “jumping” activities with your dog until s/he has reached at least 18 months old. Do not allow your puppy to roughhouse with larger or older dogs to avoid injury. All guarantees are also void if puppy is spayed or neutered before 18 months of age.
Our companion puppies are sold with AKC limited registration (non-breeding). If the dog is registered with AKC the dogs name MUST start with Hayshaker. When the puppies go to their new homes their vaccinations and worming schedules will be up to date. We require that the puppy buyer take the new puppy to their own veterinarian within 5 days to be examined. If, FOR ANY REASON, the veterinarian is not happy with the puppy, we will replace the puppy or refund the purchase price upon the return of the puppy.
If at any time in the puppies life you are unable to keep him or her, you agree to contact us, (we have the 1st right of refusal) so we can assist you in finding a new home. We always want to know where our puppies / dogs are throughout their lifetimes.
Puppies will receive their first Neo Par vaccination at 5 weeks of age, and DLHPP at 7-8 weeks of age and be de-wormed at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks of age.
It is required puppy be registered with AKC (American Kennel Club) or the above guarantee will be NULL & VOID!