Matty Fahd has opened up about his dog, Bane's, health condition after an emergency dash to a pet hospital.
Speaking exclusively to LifeStyle, Matty reveals the scary ordeal and admits he isn't certain about what will happen to the beloved British Bulldog in the future, which is desperately upsetting for him and wife, Sarah Marie.
"Bulldogs are predisposed to having breathing problems because of their face shape," Matty explains. "About 14 months ago we did a surgery and they said it would improve his quality of life."
"They shortened his soft palate, opened up his nostrils to help him breathe and he was in hospital for four or five days. And he had the snip at the same time."
"After that he did quite well," assures Matty.
However, when the couple went on a family holiday with son Malik, they left Bane at home beling looked after by their family.
"We have him on a strict diet, so when we went on a holiday, he was looked after by my sister-in-law, who loves dogs," he says. "We figured he may have had too many snacks while away from his normal routine.
"But over the past few weeks, when I would take him for walks he would really struggle," says Matty sadly.
"Then on Friday when we thought about taking him to the beach - like every dog he pants in the car - but every five minutes his panting was becoming too strong, and he eventually vomited."
As a result, a flustered Matty took his much-loved pet to the vet. "As soon as we got in there, four vets took him into the theatre. They sedated him and took his temperature.
"It had reached above 40 degrees, and they were acting like he was going to die."
"They tried to wake him up, but then his heart rate was going through the roof because he was nervous about being at the vet," Matty says of the traumatic experience.
"So then they told me he needed better care, they took him to a hospital in a doggy ambulance and they kept him overnight. Thankfully, his vitals came back to a better level.
"They said that 50% of dogs who have this sadly die."
Matty admitted that the whole experience was incredibly difficult especially when the vet explained how serious the situation was.
"The vet said, 'Do you want to say goodbye to him just in case?'"
"At that stage, I called Sarah to update her and I was just broken. We both cried."
He adds, "It was traumatic as he's like our son. I said to Sarah, 'I can’t have a dog that I out live.'"
Although Bane is no longer allowed on long car rides in the heat, Matty says he's being well looked after at home.
"We’re definitely giving him more love and plenty of snacks," he says softly.
So now what happens to Australia's favourite bulldog?
"They’re saying we should potentially do another surgery, but we need to go back for another consultation," says Matty.
"Right now we are leaning towards doing it because we want him to be happy and get out and about."
We're sending lots of love and cuddles to Bane and Fahd family.
Do you adore seeing Bane on TV? Let us know what you think on LifeStyle's Facebook page.
Watch Gogglebox Australia, Wednesdays, 7.30pm EST on LifeStyle or On Demand.
Stream over 50 different sports & action-packed shows available across multiple devices with Foxtel Now. Available with a 10-day free* trial.