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I'm thinking of rescueing a chi that is at the vet being treated for mange. They say it will be mange free after 6more weeks of treatment. It will be 16 weeks then. It came from a puppy mill. My worry is ....would I be setting myself up for a lifetime of big vet bills and heartache getting a pup breed at a puppy mill.?
 

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What kind of mange are they treating for? Usually mange requires little or no treatment at all, an most isnt contagious. I'm curious why he would have to wait 6 weeks to go home?
Our Reese came from a puppy mill and has very few minor health issues. You would definitely want a fecal done, Reese had been wormed but came to us with giardia which is pretty common in mill dogs. Reese has itchy skin a lot, we think he has some food and environmental allergies. He also has a sensitive stomach, we were having problems with occasional stomach issues that would give him a sore tummy bad diarrhea and vomitting. We have had no problems with his stomach since putting him on a pre made raw diet, his system is just too sensitive to handle any processed kibble. Other than that we have had no health problems, no lp etc and he has a wonderful temperament. Certainly a dog from a mill could be expected to have a higher chance of genetic health problems as a result of careless, thoughtless breeding, but we have not encountered any.
 

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Reese and miley, thank you for the reply. The mange is the kind they get from living in a dirty environment, it is catchy and even people can get it (called skavies on ppl. They dip the dog and give it a shot once aweek of a couple of months. The vet tech said that clears it up and it is gone for good. The otherkind of mange dogs are born with and they always have it even though not always bothered with it
 

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Nothing in life is guaranteed!
Even with a dog from a reputable breeder.
Should you be prepared for the "just in case"??? Yes!
You should always have a plan of action in case of an
emergency or health issues. It may happen, it may not.
One thing I know for sure is you will get back way more
than what you put in when it comes to a rescued dog.
If you have what it takes to be a good dog owner, which
is love, dedication, patience and a gentle hand, you will
truly benefit from your decision and the impact it will make
on your life will be worth more than gold. I applaud you for
considering a rescue, if you choose to go ahead with this,
you will literally turn this pup's world around, and that is
honorable in my book. Best of luck on your decision.
No matter what you choose, make sure it is the fair
choice for both you and the dog. Take care. :)
 

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I say go for it! The fact that the dog will is being kept and so nicely treated by the vet is awesome.
I have one registered dog with more health issues than some who have gotten dogs from mills, unknowingly or with full knowledge. So, I agree with LS. One should always plan to spend whatever is needed to manage the health of a dog regardless the circumstances of where the dog started if one plans to get a dog.
Keep us posted on what you decide, will you?
 

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I say go for it! I have had puppymill puppies that worked out OK. Her temperment in her senior years left something to be desired, but that dog was a therapy dog in her prime! She died of heart failure at 9 yrs though.
Now the 'highly' pedigreed chi I have has had bilateral knee surgery, developed 'partial' seizures from epilepsy, and is of a fearful temperment. So how do you know WHAT a pup will turn out like!!! You don't. You love and take care of the puppy, no matter how expensive it gets. Loans etc. I know, I have lots of friends that think I am crazy to spend $3400 + on a dog, then I had another chi that had to have both knees done for $1600.! A bad year! Good luck with what you decide. Sue
 
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