A very unhappy Gentleman - his story follows.........

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Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 7:28 PM
Subject: Enquiry Form submitted from website | Mijoy Yorkies and Mijoy Biewers

hi there, i would like to share my experience with you and everyone out there. my wife and i purchased a yorkie from a very well know kennel,that also keep her dogs in wendy houses, she sold us a pup for R8000, when we arrived to collect her she was full of dry bare spots, the breeder assured me it was not serious. i became so frustrated over the years,spent loads of cash at lots of diifferent vets but nothing treated or cured these spots, we in the end took our yorkie to the spca. my wife started breaking out with this too, so did my kids. i contacted the breeder and she gave me some human hair plasenta to apply. this breeder is such a cruel and heartless person, she is spreading nasty rumours about my kids, myself and my wife.this breeder is a liar through and through and i would like to warn the public.she has said to me i have dispicable snotty nose brats, she has even went as far as saying im a thief and i want to steal her dogs. i feel this breeder needs to be stopped, she is even trading under a new kennel apaulled by her behaviour and i think she is a true money grabbing "@/%$".

I replied to Deon directly.

Sadly this is quite normal, when people are confronted with the truth, they turn the tables on the person concerned, as a form of defense.  I have yet to know why the purchaser - his family are bad mouthed in the process.  What his family are or are not is irrelevant to the problem at hand.
As I have said before, we are no gossip column, in a lot of instances, no mention of the breeder/ kennel etc are mentioned, and we do not want to know. If details are given to us, that remains confidential.  
It has however not escaped us, that we have been told over a good few years of this happening to people and in most cases, there is no question as to where it originates from. 

This problem has become ( it would appear)  UNTREATABLE by the normal medication dispursed by vets.
There is an easy enough cure, it takes unlimited hours of hard work, repeated daily treatments, and repeated daily routines of disinfecting all possible contaminated areas. The animals infected are treated every single day for a period of at least four to six weeks. No overnight cure unfortunately.  If you have a multi fur bearing pet household, it is in your interests to treat each and every animal, whether it is infected or not. IF you have ONE animal on your property that is infected, you have the possibililty of it spreading, irrespective of how cautious you are. Nothing worse than carrying out all the above to cure the infected animal only to find a week down the line, another pet has the problem.  DO NOT however treat any pregnant animal.  If you are a breeder, you will have to decide how you will eradicate this problem. If you do treat pregnant animals you will have deformed babies born.

The treatment a breeder must follow and the treatment the public with one or two pets must follow is considerably different.

How can you tell if a pup/dog you intend purchasing has ringworm?
A pup will (as mentioned by the two people who have put pen to paper), have obvious bare patches - which may or may not be scaly.  The diagnosis given to some people regarding these bald patches, the pup has a food allergy, has ecsema, has been bitten by mosquitoes. 
In some instances the purchasers are offered discounts - you must decide if it is worth the trouble and the effort needed to rid yourself of the problem at hand.
Considering all aspects - the pup is contagious, not only to you, your family but all other fur bearing pets you may have on your property, at your home. If you decide to take the pup, you need to start treatment immediately, You need to purchase (from the vet) products that you can spray on your hands and your clothing when you handle the pup concerned. You need to disinfect the area that that pup lives in and daily and treat the pup.  It is not fair to contain a pup to a pen whilst doing this, because four to six weeks is no fun to be kept in an enclosure.  The good news is that after about three to four weeks the pup concerned should no longer be contagious.  The best way to judge this is to keep a close eye for any new growth of fur/hair appearing within the bald spots. If you notice this happening, bath the pup in an anti-fungal shampoo read instructions very carefully, because if you do this and do not follow the instructions to the book, you may very well pass on contagious spores to other pets or your family.

Some vets will advise you bath a pup regularly with an anti-fungal shampoo, which will stop the ringworm from spreading and kill the existing ringworm. This will only work if you follow the instructions and do not take any short cuts. because those short cuts are going to cost you. If you have a multi animal household, I suggest you do not shampoo the animal concerned, do not groom the animal concerned. Reason being you can spread that ringworm right through the coat if you have not done the bathing bit properly.

You may wonder how I know so much about this problem? I was in the cat world for some 20 years and a handful of Persian cat breeders sat with this problem.  They could not overcome it as they had not initially taken it as a serious problem, and the longer they sat with it the harder it became to rid themselves of it. In the end they just never got rid of the problem.

If you buy a pup what should you look for to ensure it has no skin problem?
Check the entire coat, to ensure there is no bald patches. If you happen to find one or more, take the pup to your vet and ask him to do a skin scraping and send it to the laboratories, by following this procedure there can be no doubt as to what your pup has. I guarantee you in 99.99% of cases it is ringworm.

Any pup purchased with ringworm will have noticeable bare patches or at least one. IT will not develop ringworm two,three or four weeks after you have purchased and if it does, it did not originate from the Breeder. Ringworm will appear around 8 or so possibly ten days after coming into contact with spores or an infected animal. NOT every single animal will become infected, some older animals will have built up an immunity and in most cases will not be affected. The pups however born into an environment with ringworm, in most cases will be affected, although the mother may not necessarily show any signs of a skin problem. If this happens, pups and mother must be treated.

Again I must please ask if you have this problem at home or in your breeding animals not to visit your friends, fellow breeders, grooming parlours. PLEASE treat your pups before you sell them to the public. You are very welcome to contact me and I will tell you exactly how to overcome this problem. 

I can think of nothing worse than ringworm, it is well worth the effort to rid yourself of this problem, I do not believe ANY breeder sits with this problem and has no concerns regarding it.

As I have said any information we have been sent - names - kennels etc - breeders remains completely confidential.  We are not here to judge but to assist where possible.

Thanks for your time.