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I am so sorry to hear what happened to this poor puppy. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help. My name is Rebecca.
Do I have this right; the breeder is charging $750 for a puppy that is missing its two front feet? She only has part of a left front paw? I guess I am surprised she is charging anything since this puppy may cost the new owner a lot of money if she needs prosthetics made. Many breeders give away puppies that have less serious problems.
This does not sound like a reputable breeder. She let a rat get in with the puppies, and now wants what sounds like a high price for a crippled puppy.
If you have your heart set on this puppy, I would wait to see what the veterinarian who will be examining her in 2 weeks has to say before making a commitment, and talk to that veterinarian yourself. The problem with dogs missing all or part of a foot is that they walk on the stub, and that can lead to the skin wearing away, leaving an open wound that does not heal. It is hard to attach a bandage to protect the stump, because they tend to slip and fall off; you have to have prosthetics made or a custom made device with pads for the two feet, and a sling that goes over the shoulders so it can't slide off.
Let me know if I can help with or answer anything else. Rebecca
Can I answer anything else?
What did you decide about the puppy?