HEALTH GUARANTEE INFORMATION
Dogs are complex, biological creatures. So many things come into play for a breeder when working to produce a healthy puppy for herself and her buyers. We always hope and pray that every puppy born at Gentry has a long, healthy life with no health issues or injuries. But just like every human parent, we end up dealing with whatever Mother Nature brings our way. Most of the time, our puppies grow up with strong immune systems, which is key to their ability to withstand exposure to pathogens and injury.
We ask that our buyers understand that no animal is perfect, and sometimes there are "hidden" health issues that a vet cannot find at the puppy health check. We do our best to prevent those by doing extreme health screening of parents and those in the pedigree that we have control over. We do massive amounts of research on those dogs. I may look at as many as a hundred stud dogs before choosing one that I feel is right for our breeding program. I have had my hands on many of them, and certainly seen them over the decades. I know many of their owners and have followed their individual lives inasmuch as the owners are willing to share.
We now know that there are many things that can trigger issues such as cardiomyopathy, including heat cycles, vaccines, spay/neuter, and toxins in the home. This is why we encourage and insist that our buyers learn about natural rearing and how to prevent those triggers. We feel so strongly about this that our health guarantee is voided if the Buyer chooses to use traditional vaccines or feed kibble. Natural therapies and supports give you the best chance for having your Gentry Boxer live a long and healthy life without chronic health issues.
Below you will find a summary of the language in our contract regarding health guarantees. Because these are sometimes edited for individual situations, this section in no way constitutes our complete language. We will not honor a health guarantee based on anything in this website, but only the signed contract agreed upon when the puppy is purchased.
Our health guarantee contains 2 components:
Immediate Health Guarantee - 3 business days to have a veterinarian to verify his or her current health. Any health issues detected during our thorough health check at around 7 weeks of age are noted on the contract and dealt with on an individual basis.
Long Term Health Guarantee - five years in duration. We cover things such as hip dysplasia, subaortic stenosis, and cardiomyopathy. This is a limited health guarantee that requires proof of a debilitating condition requiring documentation by a specialist.
Details are contained in the contract, which is available for review by buyers who have an approved application in place with us.