Hello, Im new to this site. Wanted to tell of my experience with my new boston terrier puppy,Bella. She was born 5/13/08. I bought her at a pet store(yea I Know) and had her 2 weeks. I noticed when I got her one euye was blue and the other was sloghtly red. Well she had her chck up.and found she had guiarda? and coccida...got pet store to pay for meds and testing...Last week took her to vet for eye looking redder, found out she has smallcorneal ulcer give ointment, the 2 days later other eye was looking like she had a cataract..so went to vet again, Told to take her to doggy eye Dr, immmediately..she had a deep ulcer in other eye so doggy eye dr.said she needed immed eye surg. so $500. for emergency visit another $2940.00 for the surg and had to be paid on the spot before they would do surg, it was 7pm she had surg and we took her home at 8:30pm. they also sewed the outter corner of her eyes closed a little to help pull her eyeballs in a little to help with poss. future injury. When i bought her she was in apen with wood shaving and had 3 other puppies in same pen, so thata prpbably how she got injuried. We showed bills to pet store and they said theyd get back to us...I know theyll help with nothing..but sure am sick over the cost esp. since I had to charge surg..but i love her anyway and she is doing good,gets her stiches out and collar off next wed.... thanks for listening.
Hey there I'm new here too. I'm sorry to hear that. I'm glad she is ok. Yeah I would never buy a pet from the pet store. I learned my lesson when I paid $1300.00 for a Weimaraner. Well goodluck with everything!
I am glad to here your puppy is going to be OK. And that you had the ability to pay for the surgery, there are many who might not have been that fortunate. I would contact the pet store again, and give them a max 48 hours to respond. If they do not, I would file in small claims court. The other thing you should do it contact who ever issues there license to sell puppies. More than likely it is the Dept of Agriculture. They need to know this is going on. Also if the pet store in a Mall, contact the mall offices. If you could get the media to pick up the story, to get the word out to the community, this would help prevent others from going through what you have had to endure. Also contact and file a report with the Better Business Bureau. Hope your pup has a speedy recovery.
p.s. you also stated the pups were kept in shavings. I have kept pups in shavings in the past, but I always use kiln dried pine shavings. Cedar and cedar shavings contain toxic cedar oil. I had a friend get this in their eye years ago, and required a trip to the hospital.
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bella3, you have learnt the expensive way how not to buy a pup. Still, she is lucky that you were able and willing to pay for her treatment, god knows what might have happened to her otherwise - best of luck with her recovery.
This is the kind of post that really infuriates me, especially when it has to do with my own beloved Bostons.Of course any dog bought from a pet store in this condition is deplorable. Can I ask you if you researched the breed at all, and what you paid for the puppy? Blue eyes are a fault in Bostons, and if your puppy has particularly bulging eyes, and not square on in the face, she was made more susceptible to corneal ulcers.Crappy breeders don't care what the dogs look like, all they care about is the almighty dollar. These ulcers can be caused by scratching, or just about any material that can pierce the eye. In a filthy mill, or BYB, infection sets in, hence the deep corneal ulcer. These ulcers are very hard to heal, especially the deep one. Be prepared for her to have further surgery, and the real possibility of losing her eye.If the morons who bred these dogs had their eyes CERF'd, this condition would have a much greater chance of healing properly. As it is, she does not stand a good chance with out careful application of vitamin E and the other meds your vet has prescribed for you. Even at that, she may heal, but the ulcer may reappear. The really sad thing about all of this, is it was entirely preventable. I would take the petshop to small claims, as Windy suggested and as well raise pure hell with the mall administrators. Give your little girl a kiss for me, I'm so sorry this happened.
Wow. I am sorry for you to start off puppyhood with such tragic trauma. I hope the pet store will help with some of the costs. I wonder if her eye was irritated from the initial infection, then she scratched it to cause the ulcer. Does she have her dew claws? I'm not a fan of removing them, but I've heard arguments that the buggy eyed breeds can cause injury to their eyes like that. Good luck!
Smudge got Cedar oil in his eye as a pup when he rubbed against a cedar bush in the yard. Was an ER visit, regualr vet visit and an ophthalmologist visit for a total of 750 bucks. Cedar bushes are no longer my friend.
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Sorry to hear that.... I had a similar experience when I purchased my Chinese Crested Hairless. She was tiny, adorable, and expensive, froma private breeder, not a pet store though... after a couple weeks her ey had such redness and watering... the vet said it was Trichiasis (ingrown eyelashes) and that she could possibly grow out of it... had to put a salve in her eyes everyday... thena t 4.5 months old, she had these rashes and sores all over... $3800 later after trips to the vet and doggie dermatologist, she has allergies... to EVERYTHING... dyes in food, wool, grass, chemicals, etc. etc. etc..... essentially I had to change everything in the house, to cotton (rugs, blankets) the couches are leather, thank goodness she's not allergic to that... she's now 9 and I do not regret one penny that I spent... however, I must admit, if I knew how common it was for these issues in this breed,I'd have probably not gotten her.... Our peekegese had an eye "pop" out of her head because she barked at a car... too excited and it came out... another $2500 trip to the vet, again, worth every penny.... I suppose it can be frustrating, but we love our animals and do what we can... I hope the pet store at least offers you some compensation for your costs... if not, I'd call the local paper and tell them the story... see how quickly they offer to "shut you up"...
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How is little Bella doing? Have you had any luck recouping your costs from the pet store yet? I'm hoping your girl is recovering, and would like to hear about her progress. I would also love to see a picture of her. Big smooch for Bella, XO.
Yes to all who wanted to know if I researched the breed,,,Bella is doing great ..so far eye surg worked .will be rechecked in Jan. the pet store contacted the breeder and they say they are retiring her parents. They asked for letter from the eye dr and they did recieve it. We may be refunded the $900 we payed, the Pet store is being very cooperative..will know about refund next week..Thank you for all wishes and kind posts...to the seemingly rude posts..shame on you. Even if I should have not got Bella from pet store ALL animals deserve to be loved and Im doing my best to be a good and responsible owner. Even dogs from puppy mills need love and care