Health Guarantees
Your health guarantee consists of four guarantees:


Initial Health Guarantee
1 year Genetic Guarantee
26 month Hip and Elbow Guarantee
Life Time Guarantee


BUYER in this contract refers to the purchasing party, _____________________________________.


BSL in the contract refers to Black Swamp Labradors LLC.


Requirement for ALL four health guarantees:


The microchip number and proof of registration must be MAILED to BSL by age 6 months old.


Except as otherwise stated herein, all recommended routine and emergency medical care is the sole and exclusive responsibility of the BUYER and the BUYER shall comply with any and all suggested medical care for the puppy.


The puppy shall not be spayed or neutered if, in the case of a male puppy, prior to 12 months old or, in the case of a female puppy, prior to 12 months old or the puppy’s first heat cycle, whichever occurs later.


Should any of the terms in this contract not be met, the Health Guarantees shall be void. Any recklessness,negligence, or abuse in the care of the puppy, whether caused by BUYER or anyone else, shall void all Health Guarantees.


These health guarantees are exclusively between the BUYER and BSL. Any transfer of the ownership of the puppy voids any and all guaranties. It is expressly stated that this contract/guarantee is nontransferable and nonassignable.


DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES: OTHER THAN AS EXPRESSLY STATED HEREIN, SELLER MAKES NO
WARRANTIES REGARDING THE PUPPY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE
WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR THE WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
OTHER THAN AS EXPRESSLY STATED HEREIN, SELLER MAKES NO PROMISES OR REPRESENTATIONS
REGARDING THE PUPPY, TO INCLUDE, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE PUPPY’S HEALTH, THE PUPPY’S
DISPOSITION, THE PUPPY’S CONFORMATION, OR THE PUPPY’S SIZE.


Initial Health Guarantee: The puppy you are adopting is guaranteed to be in good health at the time of sale, with first and second vaccines and a series of de-worming at 2,3,4,5,6,8 weeks with Nemex 2,Safeguard, and Toltrazuril. 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 BSL 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. BSL 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.


Terms of the Initial Health Guarantee:
A licensed veterinarian must examine the puppy within 72 hours of adoption at the BUYERS expense. It is the BUYER’S sole responsibility to coordinate the examination.


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 BSL within 72 hours.


Serious illness and life altering genetic 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.


The puppy must be returned to BSL within 10 days of the notification at the expense of the BUYER.


BSL reserves the right to have the puppy examined by a licensed veterinarian of its choice at the expense of BSL. Should there be a discrepancy between the BUYER’S and BSL’s licensed veterinarian’s findings, BSL’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 BSL 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. BSL 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 BSL within 72 hours.


All the dogs vet records must be sent to BSL to share with their vet for his opinion to determine the cause of death.

Should there be a discrepancy between the BUYER’S and BSL’s licensed veterinarian’s findings, BSL’s veterinary findings shall control.


Hip and Elbow Guarantee: BSL guarantees the puppy to be free of hereditary severe hip and elbow dysplasia for 26 months. Should the puppy be found to have hereditary severe hip or elbow dysplasia within 26 months, BSL will refund to the BUYER the entire purchase price or will provide another puppy of equal value to the BUYER from the first available litter. The decision to refund the entire purchase price or provide another puppy is within the sole and unreviewable discretion of BSL.


Terms of the Hip and Elbow 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 that is appropriate for the age, condition, and physical capability of the puppy. 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 physical maturity level to allow such
activities without damage to the puppy, but in no event earlier than 18 months in age.


The puppy has not suffered abuse or mistreatment.


The puppy must have an exam on the hips/elbow sent to the OFA at or before an age of 26 months, but no earlier than 18 months of age.


BSL must be provided with a copy of the licensed veterinarians and OFA findings within 10 days of finding severe hip or elbow 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/elbow.


BSL reserves the right to have the puppy examined by a licensed veterinarian of its choice at the expense of BSL. Should there be a discrepancy between the BUYERS and BSL licensed veterinarian’s findings, BSL veterinarian findings shall control.


Lifetime Guarantee: The parents of the puppy have been DNA tested for the following diseases:
EIC - Exercise induced collapse
DM - Degenerative myelopathy
CNM - Centronuclear Myopathy
PRA/PRCD - Progressive Retinal Atrophy
RD/OSD - Retinal Dysplasia-retinal folds
HNPK- Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis

PRA stands for Progressive Retinal Atrophy: It is a general term for the group of diseases causingdegeneration 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: It 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 in tolerance. This condition gets worse in cold conditions. There is not cure for CNM.

 

If you find your dog to have (RD) retinal folds, BSL 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 (affected) EIC, DM, PRA/PRCD, OSD or CNM, BSL 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. BSL will not refund any
additional cost to the BUYER, including but not limited to shipping, taxes, or medical expenses.


HNPK stands for Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis: It is an inherited autosomal recessive disorder in Labrador Retrievers. A mutation T>G in the SUV39H2 gene causes the nose to dry out leading to chronic irritation and inflammation of the noses skin. Symptoms of the disorder generally appear around 6 to 12 months of age. Affected dogs develop dry, rough; gray to brown crusts on the surface and edge of the nose. In some cases, painful cracks around and on the tip of the nose develop and if not treated develop superficial bacterial infections.

Terms of the Life Time Health Guarantee:
All findings by your vet must be mailed to BSL 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 that is appropriate for the age, condition, and physical capability of the puppy. 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 physical maturity level to allow such activities without damage to the puppy, but in no event earlier than 18 months in age.


The puppy has not suffered abuse or mistreatment.


The puppy may not have sired/whelped a litter.


BSL reserves the right to have the puppy examined by a licensed veterinarian of its choice at the expense of BSL. Should there be a discrepancy between the BUYERS and BSL licensed veterinarian’s findings, BSL veterinarian findings shall control.


Return Policy:
We also believe in being accountable for every life we bring into this world, and therefore we are pleased to offer a 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. I can also help you resell your dog if needed. Please DO NOT let them go to a shelter.


AKC Name:
“of Black Swamp” must be included in your dog’s AKC registered name if registered with the AKC. The AKC sends me the name of your puppy.


Limited AKC Registration:
If your puppy is being sold on AKC Limited/Pet registration, this means they may NOT be used for breeding.


Health Care:
Your puppy needs a series of 4 vaccines to protect them against canine distemper, adenovirus type 2, hepatitis, parainfluenza, updated parvovirus type 2b, and coronavirus. I have given them the first two vaccines in the series. The next set of vaccines are due at 12 and 16 weeks. It is critical that your puppy is given all the shots in the series. Your puppy will also need the rabies vaccine at 16 weeks. Heartworm
preventive should also be given monthly by age 6 months old.

Microchip:
BSL has already microchipped your puppy, you must MAIL your puppy’s microchip number and proof of registration of the microchip to BSL by 6 months of age for your health guarantee to be valid.


Socializing:
You need to be careful where you take your puppy before they have had all their vaccines. DO NOT take  them to dog parks or let them down on the floor of a pet store. DO take them to your friend’s house, walks in the neighborhood and to puppy classes. It is critical to socialize your puppy when they come home until 16 weeks old if you want a well-rounded dog. We have introduced them to many sights and sounds. Continue to introduce them to new things in your daily life. Doggy day care is a fun place to send your puppy a couple days a week while young. This will help them get along with all other dogs for their entire life.


By the signing of this contract, you, the BUYER accepts and understands all the conditions of the contract contained herein. There is a total of 7 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 BSL resides. The remedies in this contract are the sole and exclusive remedies of the BUYER.