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|