Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Bandit Report

I know I was slow with writing this, but I had some 24 bug the night before Bandit went to the vet and I was wiped out! The vet had to put Bandit under the gas because the problem was in her throat and she was trying to nip them when they tried to get a good look. What the vet discovered was that Bandit has excess tissue around her epaglotus/trachea/esphogus area. All the excess tissue makes it hard for Bandit to push air in and out because it has to work past the extra tissue. The vet said that this is not a common problem in German Shepherds and it is usually found in short snout dogs like pugs and bull dogs. Bandit likely has this condition from improper use of a choke collar (which is really any use actually in my opinion) or from being tied up all the time and lunging at the end of her chain. For now Bandit is on a medicine trial to see if it helps her, if not we will have to go see a surgeon who could see if surgery would help.
The recovering patient

12 comments:

Jade said...

Awwwww, poor Bandit--here's hoping the medicine works, surgery can be expensive!

The human said...

Good to have a diagnosis eh? And thank goodness it's nothing life threatening. Good luck bandit, feel better soon!

Carmen C. said...

Hoping the medicine works for that precious girl! I agree on the chock collars, especially the ones with those big spikes in them, there's no need for those to have ever been invented! Hope you feel better soon!

Carmen C. said...

oops...choke collars!

The Fab Furs said...

Best wishes, Bandit!

Lavender Rabbit said...

Oh no, sweet Bandit. I'm glad you now know what you are dealing with. Hope the meds work and surgery is not needed. Be well dear Bandit!

bunnits said...

Glad you know what the problem is and hope the meds fix it.

My daughter's friend took in a tiny stray kitten last summer that had what seemed to be a respiratory infection, but it kept coming back despite several rounds of meds. While she was really tiny, the vet said it could possibly be nasal polyps, but she was too little and sick to do anything at the time. As she grew and improved, the runny nose, snorting, and labored breathing continued and we decided to try to wait until time to spay her so that the vet could check her out really well while she was under for the surgery. She found a polyp the size of my thumbnail and removed it. No more problems! We were amazed at the size of the polyp. Kitty is much happier and healthier now.

Mrs. JP said...

The poor darlin' I hope that the medicine works quickly and dear Bandit is feeling better soon. Please keep us posted.
Sorry to hear that you had a bug. Hate those.

Michelle May (Shell) said...

Poor little girl! Hoping all will be well with the medicine and lots of love and rest. Hope you're doing better too sweets!
xx, shell

Rabbits' Guy said...

Get better Bandit!

Lisa said...

Poor girl! The puppy face in the picture is heartbreaking!
Don't you just want to go track down the people who did it to her? Feel better soon, Bandit!

RoadBunner said...

I hope the medicine does the trick and no surgery is needed. Feel better!