Looking some advice
I have a 2 year old entire male English Staffy. He is a extremely muscular and weighs 23 kilo, He was given to me 8 months ago as he previous owner could not give him the attention he needs. He was raised on generic brand kibble, i was told he could not tolerant any other form of food. He is now fed on a diet of fresh meat and bones.
Since taking him on he has had a multitude of health issues that include allergies and infections. He also caught kennel cough even though I had him vaccinated, previous owners were unable to provide any records of vaccination.
The problem I have is that even in mild heat he overheats, he sounds like a generator panting but being a staff he does not slow down or stop. Luckily he likes water and he will lie down while he is cooled off with the hose. I can not walk him too far from home due to the over heating, he is very active and I have to limit the activity. At most he can chase a ball around the back yard for 10 minutes max.
He is very noisy even for a staffy, when he sleeps he is snoring constantly and he continually snorts.
First visit to the vet to discuss the overheating he was put on a course of steroids, this settled him down for a little while but was far from a cure. The vet suggested that he has an elongated palette and will investigate when he is de-sexed in the next few weeks.
Last few weeks he is a lot worse.
Has anyone experienced this with their staffy or breed. Is there an alternative to surgery.
Does anyone know of a vet located in the Central Coast/Hunter region of NSW or Sydney that will desex and complete the palette surgery together as I do not fancy giving my boy a second anesthetic. At this stage my vet is talking about referring him to another vet, from what I know of the surgery a specialist is not necessary. I would prefer one vet and one surgery.