Health Guarantee!!!!!

Your health guarantee consists of four guarantees:
Initial Health Guarantee
1 year Genetic Guarantee
26 month Hip Guarantee
Life Time Guarantee
Buyer in this contract refers to the purchasing party, _______________________________
BVL in the contract refers to Buckler Valley Labradors.
Our services to you, the buyer, do not end when you take a puppy home. Everyone who purchases a Labrador from BVL is entitled to unlimited counsel, advice, and service for the life of your chosen companion. If you have any questions about puppy training, diet, or how to integrate your new family member etc… we will be there to advise and help you.

Requirement for ALL four health guarantees:
The puppy must be micro chipped by 17 weeks in age.
The microchip number must be MAILED to BVL by age 6 months old.
Initial Health Guarantee: The puppy you are adopting is guaranteed to be in good health at the time of sale, with first vaccine and a series of de-worming given. This is all recorded on the health record you'll receive today. Good Health is defined in the guarantee as, to be free of serious illness or genetic defects that will shorten your dog’s life. Should your vet find your puppy is not in good health the puppy will be accepted back to BVL and the puppy will replaced with a comparable puppy from the first available litter. If the second puppy costs more the buyer will pay the difference. BVL will not refund any additional cost to the buyer, including but not limited to shipping, taxes or medical expenses.
Serious illness and life altering genetic defects will be defined by the common usage within the Labrador breeding industry. Examples include but are not limited to: Parvo, Distemper and Corona.
Serious illness and genetic life altering defects do not include umbilical hernia, external or internal parasites or bacteria, coccidiosis, giardia, undescended testicles, inverted vulva, under bite or over bite. The preceding list of illnesses and defects are not an exhaustive list. BVL also does not make any guarantee or warranty to the puppy’s personality or disposition although we take great pride in making sure your puppy has been well socialized and introduced to many sights, textures and sounds before going to his/her new home.

Terms of the Initial Health Guarantee:
A licensed veterinarian must examine the puppy within 72 hours of adoption at the puppy buyers’ expense.
Upon finding by a licensed veterinarian that there is a serious illness or genetic defect that alters the life of the puppy, the buyer must notify BVL within 72 hours
The puppy must be returned to BVL within 10 days of the notification at the buyers’ expense.
BVL reserves the right to have the puppy examined by a licensed veterinarian of its choice at the expense of BVL. Should there be a discrepancy between the buyers and BVL’s licensed veterinarian’s findings, BVL’s veterinary findings shall control.

Genetic Health Guarantee: The puppy you are adopting is guaranteed to be in good health and free of genetic life threatening illness that result in death for one year. Should your puppy die from a genetic life threatening illness in the first year BVL will replace your puppy with a comparable puppy from the first available litter (not the same two parents). If the second puppy costs more the buyer will pay the difference. BVL will not refund any additional cost to the buyer, including but not limited to shipping, taxes or medical expenses.

Terms of the Genetic Health Guarantee:
A licensed veterinarian must determine the cause of death. It is up to the buyer to provide evidence that cause of death was genetic.
Upon finding by a licensed veterinarian that there is a genetic defect that caused the puppy’s death, the buyer must notify BVL within 72 hours
All the dogs vet records must be sent to BVL to share with Their vet for his opinion to determine the cause of death.
Should there be a discrepancy between the buyers and BVL’s licensed veterinarian’s findings, BVL’s veterinary findings shall control.

Hip Guarantee: BVL guarantees the puppy to be free of hereditary severe hip dysplasia for 26 months. Should the puppy be found to have hereditary severe hip dysplasia within 26 months, BVL will refund the buyer $500.00 to be used toward hip replacement surgery for the puppy. BVL will not be responsible for any additional cost or damages, including but not limited to shipping, medical or travel expenses.

Terms of the Hip Guarantee:
The puppy must not be allowed to become obese.
The puppy must not have suffered any trauma prior to the exam.
The puppy must be given exercise, yet, not excessively. Buyer agrees not to start agility, heavy or competitive field training or any activity which may damage the puppy’s bone or muscle structure until he has reached a minimum of 18 months in age. (Puppy needs to reach a physical maturity level which will allow such activities not to damage the animal)
The puppy has not suffered abuse or mistreatment.
The puppy must have an exam on the hips sent to the OFA at or before age 2.
BVL must be provided with a copy of the licensed veterinarians and OFA findings within 10 days of finding severe hip dysplasia. The puppy’s microchip number must be included in the veterinarian and OFA report.
The puppy may not have sired/whelped a litter prior to the testing of their hips.
BVL reserves the right to have the puppy examined by a licensed veterinarian of its choice at the expense of BVL. Should there be a discrepancy between the buyers and BVL licensed veterinarians findings, BVL veterinarian findings shall control.

Life Time Guarantee: The puppy you are adopting today parents have been DNA tested. BVL guarantees your dog will never suffer from the following five diseases known to Labradors.
EIC - Exercise induced collapse
DM - Degenerative myelopathy
CNM - Centronuclear Myopathy
PRA/prcd - Progressive Retinal Atrophy
RD/OSD - Retinal Dysplasia-retinal folds

PRA stands for Progressive Retinal Atrophy: It is a general term for the group of diseases causing degeneration of the retina, leading to loss of vision. The form of this disorder in Labradors is prcd (Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration). This leads first to the loss of night vision and then to complete blindness of the dog. The typical onset for this is between age 3 and 5 years of age.

RD/OSD stands for Retinal Dysplasia-retinal folds (RD): Retinal folds can cause blindness in a dog if not corrected by surgery. OSD (OculoSkeletal Dysplasia) is a serious inherited syndrome that causes severe condition in which the dogs show a variety of skeletal malformations, including shortened limbs (dwarfism), and blindness at an early age; the blindness results from a generalized malformation of the retina that causes a partial or full retinal detachment and cataracts.

EIC stands for Exercise-Induced Collapse: It is a devastating genetic disorder causing the affected dog to suffer from loss of muscle control following extreme exercise. This disorder is caused by a mutation in the Dyamin 1 gene. Because EIC is a recessive disorder, a dog must have two copies of the mutation in order for the disease to manifest itself. Typically an affected dog begins to show symptoms between 5 months and 3 years of age.

DM stands for Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease, meaning that dogs get slowly weaker and weaker over a four to six month period of time following diagnosis. Degenerative myelopathy usually affects the hind legs first, but muscle weakness can spread to the front legs as well. Dogs with degenerative myelopathy may begin to stumble frequently as they become progressively weaker due to nerve damage. Eventually, dogs with degenerative myelopathy will lose control of their bladder and bowels. As the disease moves into its final stages, symptoms of weakness, trembling and stumbling will begin to affect the front legs as well. 

CNM stands for Centronuclear Myopathy: Puppies are born apparently normal; however, it quickly becomes evident that there is a problem. The puppy will often not gain weight due to decreased muscle tone in the esophagus. By age 2 to 5 months the disease has usually progressed to display the full range of symptoms, including a loss of muscle tone and control, an awkward gait and extreme exercise intolerance. This condition gets worse in cold conditions. There is no cure for CNM. 

If you find your dog to have (RD) retinal folds, BVL will pay $500 toward Retinal Fold surgery. If surgery is less than $500 that sum will be paid. If you find your dog to have EIC, DM, PRA/prcd, OSD or CNM, BVL will replace your puppy with a comparable puppy from the first available litter (not the same two parents). If the second puppy costs more the buyer will pay the difference. BVL will not refund any additional cost to the buyer, including but not limited to shipping, taxes or medical expenses.

Terms of the Life Time Health Guarantee:
All finding by your vet must be mailed to BVL within 72 hours.
The puppy must not be allowed to become obese.
The puppy must not have suffered any trauma prior to the exam.
The puppy must be given exercise, yet, not excessively. Buyer agrees not to start agility, heavy or competitive field training or any activity which may damage the puppy’s bone or muscle structure until he has reached a minimum of 18 months in age. (Puppy needs to reach a physical maturity level which will allow such activities not to damage the animal)
The puppy has not suffered abuse or mistreatment.
The puppy may not have sired/whelped a litter.
BVL reserves the right to have the puppy examined by a licensed veterinarian of its choice at the expense of BVL. Should there be a discrepancy between the buyers and BVL licensed veterinarians findings, BVL veterinarian findings shall control.

NuVet: We highly recommend you put your dog on NuVet supplements. Our dogs here at BVL take NuVet and I have been very impressed with the results. A brochure and samples are being sent home with you. Give your puppy the best start! To order use the order code 71783 to order NuVet at http://www.nuvet.com/71783 or call 1-800-474-7044.

Should any of the enumerated terms in this contract not be met, the Health Guarantees will be held void.

These four health guarantees are exclusively between the buyer and BVL. Any transfer of the ownership of the puppy voids any guarantee. It is expressly stated that this contract/guarantee is nontransferable.

We also believe in being accountable for every life we bring into this world, and therefore we are pleased to offer our very unique lifetime return policy. If at any point, you are unable to care for your dog, please do not hesitate to bring him or her to us. There is no drop-off fee, and we will ensure your dog goes to another safe and loving home to live out the rest of its days in happiness.

By the signing of this contract, you, the buyer accepts and understands all the conditions of the contract contained herein. There are a total of 4 pages which includes the initial health guarantee, one year guarantee, hip guarantee & lifetime guarantee. This contract contains the entire health agreement between the parties and no statement or verbal agreements made by either party that are not contained within this written contract shall be valid or binding. This contract may not be modified or altered except in writing and signed by both parties. Any legal matters before the court shall be done in the court of the county that BVL resides.