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"Whadda you looking at???" in her Joe Pesci Goodfellas voice says Willa. Picked up a few birds Tuesday. Other half of MuttPak, Abby, has been permanently benched due to onset of laryngenal paralysis which interferes with breathing thus no stamina. I had never heard of the disorder until it affected Abby. After my local vets examined her while sedated, they could neither confirm nor rule out the disorder so they recommended specialist referral which I did last week in Charleston. Three DVM's, a criticalist, cardiologist and surgeon examined her while sedated and confirmed mild case of LP but too early for the tieback surgery to open airway. Once that is done, no swimming or hunting as there is a risk of aspiration pneumonia as the larnyx would be permanently opened and doesn't block water or food reflexively while eating, drinking or swimming. She's at risk now, but not as much as she would be post surgery. However, they recommended retirement at age 11. So for the rest of her life, it's the couch, bon-bons and Oprah. She's been a great field dog and companion. We'll monitor the condition and do the surgery when the time comes. Gil
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Originally Posted by spring
Enjoyed one of the last days of dove season today.


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Nice way to end the season! H & H Royal?

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[quote=GLS]"Whadda you looking at???" in her Joe Pesci Goodfellas voice says Willa. Picked up a few birds Tuesday. Other half of MuttPak, Abby, has been permanently benched due to onset of laryngenal paralysis which interferes with breathing thus no stamina. I had never heard of the disorder until it affected Abby. After my local vets examined her while sedated, they could neither confirm nor rule out the disorder so they recommended specialist referral which I did last week in Charleston. Three DVM's, a criticalist, cardiologist and surgeon examined her while sedated and confirmed mild case of LP but too early for the tieback surgery to open airway. Once that is done, no swimming or hunting as there is a risk of aspiration pneumonia as the larnyx would be permanently opened and doesn't block water or food reflexively while eating, drinking or swimming. She's at risk now, but not as much as she would be post surgery. However, they recommended retirement at age 11. So for the rest of her life, it's the couch, bon-bons and Oprah. She's been a great field dog and companion. We'll monitor the condition and do the surgery when the time comes. Gil


My sympathies.

We have a 14 1/2 year old Brittany (Blondie the woodcock princess) that developed the same disorder about 1 1/2 years ago.

Since onset, no hunting or other stressful exercise & it has progressed to the point that any excitement or stress will bring on severe breathing issues & collapse. Due to her age we are not considering the tieback procedure.

Best of luck to you & Abby

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Best luck to Abby and good on you, Gil for taking care of her. Try to remember that much as you love her, there comes a point where you are doing no favor to a pet that is suffering to keep it going.
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Vets almost never know what’s wrong with bird dogs. 11 yo dog, I’d think twice before having throat/airway surgery performed. Listen to George….


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The decision to end a dog's life is never easy but is between a responsible dog owner, the vet and a suffering dog. I put down my last dog in a flash when it was determined that he had previously undiagnosed malignant tumors on his spleen that ruptured and he was suffering. He was 12 and the dog of my life. From symptoms and diagnosis to the merciful death needle was less than 2 hours. We put our daughter on the phone to say her good byes as she was in college. After she hung up Lisa and I nodded our heads and the vet gave the cocktail through the previously inserted IV line while we stroked his head and gave our goodbyes. My decision on Abby will not be based on wallet considerations but her best interest. It is not her time. The decision to kill Roscoe was the easiest part of the process. The grief we suffered was another matter. I trust my vets diagnosis more than a well intentioned offhanded observation that vets know nothing about bird dogs. The vets in this case did not recommend surgery at this time. Abby has mild symptoms and is not suffering at this time. Gil

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I had to put down my 15 1/2 year old Brittany Bo in November and it has been tough for me to lose him! Bobby

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Very best of luck with Abby Gill, I know you will make the right decisions for her.


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Scalie and bourbon.

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Nice ruff taken today in the mountains with the DMB. The bird flushed wild off a ridge above where we were hunting and tried to fly down the valley. Must have been 40 yards up and gaining speed. A large mature bird…what a worthy adversary.

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