I posted a while back about how mellow my dog gumbeaux (4.5 month blm) was and if this would become an issue with hunting, well, turns out that he has a Posystemic shunt. it explains why he performs so much better in the morning before he eats, and why he sways when he walks.
Now to the hard part. Our vet referred us to a specialist and we have been quoted around 5K for the operation. unfortunately, coming up with that its really an option at the time. vet says if surgery works, he will still need to be on a low protein diet. my trainer, and good friend basically sat me down and told me that if it was his dog, he would put him down simply due to likeliness of outcome. the vet said that from a pet standpoint she wouldn't, but she understands where he is coming from in regards to a hunting dog.
Looking for thoughts, opinions, or anything shedding light on the issue. its just hard to contemplate putting down a dog that seems so happy on the outside.