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    I flew back to FL on the redeye on the 14th and arrived in Orlando at 5am from LAX. I'm still recovering from ovarian surgery only a few days before. We found a nice older woman on rover.com who had 5 stars from more than 120 reviews. She has claimed more than 20 years of dog sitting experience. Here is a sequence of events that happened that is probably one's worst nightmare.

    Feb 14th
    5am: Arrive in Orlando International Airport
    8am: dog sitter text me to pick up dog but I've slept through it.
    11am: I wake up and find the text and sent my DH to pick them up because of my bumpy 5 hour plane ride. DH picks up the dog and the sitter complained about Kit's shedding, Lucky's grooming, and Nibbler's barking.
    noon: Husband calls me on the car ride home that something is wrong. The pug has a huge scratch in her one good eye and needs to be taken in immediately because it is infected and started to change colors. He is super pissed about it because she is already blind in the other eye and repeatedly reminded the sitter to watch her eye when we left. Note: Lucky and Kit both looked disheveled and dirty. Lucky has mats on his leg and head. My parent's Maltese is about the only one who made it out ok.
    3pm: We take her straight to the animal eye specialists who was able to fit us in the same day. They said it was a massive ulcer that has already eaten away more than 50% of her cornea. She was put on plasma, 3 antibiotic, 1 anti-inflammatory, 1 painkiller, and 1 antifungal (which I have to be compounded). We needed to administer the three antibiotics once every hour and the treatment plan is as aggressive as one can get. We needed to do this for 24hr and recheck the next day.
    4pm: We picked up our cat and bird from the vet. They are cheerful, pristine, and smells great. Not one mat on the persians.
    5pm: We noticed Kit had a brown discharge and we figured it was the end of her heat cycle. We decided to give both Lucky and Kit a bath because they smelled awful.
    Overnight: DH was able to administer the meds every hour on the hour with micronaps in between. I was having horrible cramps and tried to kill the swelling that was pretty extensive after the plane ride.

    Feb 15th:
    I woke up at 2pm and Paul said he was gonna drive Nibbler to her eye apt. At this point, Paul has only gotten four hours of sleep and some micronaps in the last 48 hrs. I was scared that he was gonna be dangerous on the road but I was not in any condition to drive. Thankfully she is responding to the antibiotics and the ulcer seems contained. I had been really worried about this because originally, the vet said more than 50% do not respond to treatment when the damage is this bad to the cornea.
    3pm: I get this news from Paul and noticed Kit's brown discharge did not get better
    4pm: I start freaking out as I researched about Kit's condition online. I suspected it is pyometra! I decided this needs to be looked at. I tried to make an appointment immediately.
    6pm: Our vet was able to squeeze us as the last apt of the day @6pm. The vet took a look at Kit and the discharge and said it looked like pyrometra. After an Xray, he said she needed immediate emergency surgery/ hysterectomy to fix the pyometra. The office closes at 6 pm and he stayed until 8:30 to perform the surgery on Kit. I pick her up at 7:30 tomorrow morning.

    How negligent can you be that two out of four dogs are in critical condition after 10 day stay with this sitter? She didn't notice the giant hole in my pug's good eye but noticed her barking? Perhaps she is barking because of the pain? Nibbler is not a barker. She let Kit get so filthy that it caused an ovarian infection that is life-threatening. Pyrometra is no joke and needs to be caught immediately in order to save a dog's life. I have filed a claim with Rover.com and haven't done much else other than bring my dogs to and back from the vet. I am sleep deprived and in a ton of pain from my own surgery and travels. Has anyone had experience with pyrometra or corneal ulcers? I appreciate any advice because this is a nightmare!!

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    Iíd like to give that lady a corneal ulcer right about now. I had one when Sebastian was an adolescent, and to put it mildly, it was excruciating. It hurt when any light hit my eyeball to the point that I wore my prescription sunglasses to take Sebastian outside - at night. Fortunately, the pain went away quickly after starting the antibiotics and steroid drops.

    I have no experience with pyometria other than knowing that rescues get really angry when they get a girl in with it. I seriously wish that criminal charges could be filed against this woman. Travelling and Surgery are stressful enough. Words canít express how sorry I am that this has happened to you, Paul, Kit, and Nibbler. Sending you all big hugs and healing energy.
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    thank goodness you got home when you did....

    I'm sure the stress of all of this didn't help you relax & heal...

    No, I've not had experience with either one of these, but it sounds like your fur kids are in great hands that truly care about their patients

    If you paid this person by check, I would try to cancel payment...will be interested to hear how Rover.com handles this incident

    the only advice I can give, is be thankful that you are home & taking care of you & your fur kids, rest with them by your side & heal....BTW...your hubby is a winner in my book...sounds like he cares for all of your companions the same way you do...very concerned & dedicated.

    I once had to leave my Schipperke in the care of a different vet than her regular one (as the regular vet didn't have facilities to board)...Foxy had a broken leg that I specifically instructed & left a credit card to change the dressing as needed...when we came home Foxy had a clean bandage on, but she had a very foul odor on her....well....the bandage was clean, however they put it over a wet bandage & she had gangrene setting in!!! And this was at a vet's office....

    I'm sorry that you all are having to go through this nightmare...wishing you & your fur kids a speedy recovery

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    I don't have advice on either medical issue, just want to say how sorry I am you all had to go through this!!! Praying you will all be feeling better soon. You must be so incredibly exhausted, never mind outraged at finding your babies in that condition. Thank God you got there when you did!

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    O.M.G. ... this is truly horrible situation to come home to after your own surgery!!!!!

    Pyo is a very serious issue. Mostly because it's hard to know until it's really bad when the discharge is noticed.

    I hope everyone in the family is doing a little bit better today...

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    In the past hour Kit had massive discharge after her surgery. They said to expect some but it is massive. I've tracked down the vet today and got him to prescribe 125mg Zenequin which is a much stronger antibiotic than her 625 Amox/Clavamox combo. The Zenequin stopped her kidney infection and that was at 50mg. She is also on Tramadol. I should have listened to SB Mom and kept her at the vet. Her temperature is currently 102 whereas during the surgery it went to 104. I was freaking out about 30min ago debating on whether I should take her to the vet or wait to see if she responds to Zeniquin, which she just started an hour ago. I will take her in if she reaches above 102.5.

    I tracked down the breeder and she has never heard of a pyometra case at one's first heat cycle. The vet said pyo is not due to neglect but is caused by hormones. I'm thinking that while that might be true but not in a dog this young, the bacteria has to get up past the cervix because of lack of sanitation. I'm filing a claim with Rover.com and I really need his testament. I am not sure he is going to offer that since I asked if my pets could board with him in the future. I am super mad right now and would be madder right now if I'm not having horrible cramps that prevents me from standing after my own op.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snow0160 View Post
    In the past hour Kit had massive discharge after her surgery. They said to expect some but it is massive. I've tracked down the vet today and got him to prescribe 125mg Zenequin which is a much stronger antibiotic than her 625 Amox/Clavamox combo. The Zenequin stopped her kidney infection and that was at 50mg. She is also on Tramadol. I should have listened to SB Mom and kept her at the vet. Her temperature is currently 102 whereas during the surgery it went to 104. I was freaking out about 30min ago debating on whether I should take her to the vet or wait to see if she responds to Zeniquin, which she just started an hour ago. I will take her in if she reaches above 102.5.

    I tracked down the breeder and she has never heard of a pyometra case at one's first heat cycle. The vet said pyo is not due to neglect but is caused by hormones. I'm thinking that while that might be true but not in a dog this young, the bacteria has to get up past the cervix because of lack of sanitation. I'm filing a claim with Rover.com and I really need his testament. I am not sure he is going to offer that since I asked if my pets could board with him in the future. I am super mad right now and would be madder right now if I'm not having horrible cramps that prevents me from standing after my own op.
    I am sorry that you're going through this painful situation right now. My advice is to file a claim with Rover.com
    This needs to be reported. Period. So this doesn't happen again. The worst thing the can say is that pyometra was not caused by poor sanitation in this case. From what I have read it seems that there is not just one cause for pyometra. It's a combination of hormones, genetics and hygiene. So, I'm sure those f will get away with it.

    Sending you hugs and emotional support.

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    If it was just the pyometra, I would be less angry. My rescue pug is blinded in her one good eye. I doubt they can deny that since that developed as we took the pug to the doctor. Can't deny pre-existing condition since I took her to the vet the same day I picked her up from the sitter.

    I need to report her to animal services but she has our info including our address I believe. I really want to prevent other dogs from suffering like this. It is massive negligence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snow0160 View Post
    If it was just the pyometra, I would be less angry. My rescue pug is blinded in her one good eye. I doubt they can deny that since that developed as we took the pug to the doctor. Can't deny pre-existing condition since I took her to the vet the same day I picked her up from the sitter.

    I need to report her to animal services but she has our info including our address I believe. I really want to prevent other dogs from suffering like this. It is massive negligence.
    Very true. They can't deny what happened to the pug was a result of a negligence. That woman did a horrible job.
    Best of luck

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    I hope that Kit is responding well to the Zenequin, and is feeling much much better. I am fortunate not to have any idea how frightening and infuriating this must be. Sebastian is currently blowing his coat, and says that he would like to go find that lady and go all Beethoven all over her house - slobber, hair, poop, mischief, and all. If she wants to complain about hair, grooming, and barking, as they say, she ainít seen nothiní yet! Chester says that he would offer to help, but his only real mischief talents are chewing remotes and marking inside, and heís afraid he might get punished. He says he used to get punished a lot before he came to live with us, and it still comes back to haunt him.

    Both boys and I also hope that you and Nibbler are feeling much much better as well! They send lots of kisses to you all because they know that doggie kisses have magical healing properties!
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