Struggling for answers
In addition to work, I am struggling with a very personal battle at home. I figured it was time to share, and see what others have to say.
My baby Gazoo, has decided to become very aggressive as of late. There were 3 incidents within a week where he bit without provocation. One was the girl next door, one my hubby, and one was chewy. They were not based on him being startled either, he bit from behind. Fortuneately no major wounds, and no angry parent but whos to say it won't happen next time.
We went to the vet and discovered he had partial hearing loss in both ears. One more than the other. We also did a bunch of blood tests. One came back abnormal, but when redone was normal. So, as far as blood disorders he is fine. However, there is a possibility of a tumor on the brain. They want to do a ctscan to check for that. In nowhere's ville here they want $3k for it. I about died. Tumors on the brain are apparently quiet common in older shepards.
Keep in mind, he is just going on 8 now. (like a few weeks away). While that isn't really old in Shepard lifespan, it is for him. He suffered parvo as a pup, and they say that shortened his lifespan. He's also had chronic ear infections no matter what we did, which of course is the likely cause of the hearing loss.
Prior to this, Gazoo has NEVER bitten anyone. EVER!! It is totally out of character for him. Some feel I should put him down like yesterday. Others say I shouldn't. I'm not in a place to make a good judgement call on that at this moment, he is my baby. If he had a health ailment I could put my finger on it might be easier to make a decision. With nothing concrete it makes it harder to even consider.
Anyway, thoughts and opinions would be good. No worries though, I know this is a personal decision only I can make. I just need some more objective thoughts.