Repost as I posted in general discussions initially -
i have a ten year old black lab called buddy and unfortunately we have battled with a very nasty pseudomonas infection in both ears for the last two years, he has had every conceivable antibiotic known and it has never completely cleared up. Unfortunately at his last session of getting knocked out and his ears all cleaned out we discovered he has two perforated ear drums and the infection has gone into his inner ear the time has now come where he needs a procedure known as total Ear Canal Ablation with Lateral Bulla Osteotomy sometimes referred to as a TECA.
this procedure is not cheap and is fairly complex but he is our boy and I don't grudge him it at all, the initial quotes were around 5k and this would have meant him going to the veterinary college in Glasgow 140 miles away but with some searching around and help we have got it down to around 2k and a more local surgeon is going to do it (whom gets a very good report in the circles I have spoken with)
i have read read up as much as I can and the majority are very positive with lots of mention of dogs being like "new dogs" after the procedure, unfortunately he will be completely deaf after the procedure and the reason of typing this is I wondered if anyone has ever had this done to one of their dogs or known of it and what was the opinion.
Also has anyone ever trained a deaf dog as a gun dog? I realise he is ten but he is known for how young and healthy he is with most people believing he is half the age he is.
thanks in advance for any input.