Katiya was diagnosed with Laryngeal Paralysis. We had the "tie back"
surgery done at Tufts Veterinary School. In spite of the fact that I was specific about wanting to know what the complications were going to be, the doctors reassured me that this was the best thing to do for her. Shortly after her surgery it became apparent that the procedure was a mistake. Katiya repeatedly aspirated food and we treated her over and over again for pneumonia. She kept fighting in spite of this tragic outcome. We finally decided that the suffering from aspiration pneumonia and the treatment for it was not fair to her. We elected to put her down on August 31, 2020.
Tufts was advising us about Katiya without any regard for her well-being and quality of life. They were instead using her as a teaching tool. I'm relaying this information is case you are faced with this problem in one of your own dogs or with a rescue dog. I'm a retired veterinarian and would strongly advise against the surgery.
Our Katiya was the most gentle and loving creature that has ever been a part of our family. She was our beautiful angel and not a day goes by where we don't spend a moment looking at her photograph and missing her. Although she was with us for only 5 years she lives on in our hearts' forever. Hilary Blackman