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Have a Labrador that is 13 years old.... She can hardly breathe....v et

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Have a Labrador that is 13 years old.... She can hardly breathe....v
et says nothing can be done????
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
Welcome! My name is***** am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.
I am sorry to hear about this concern.
Hardly breathe.
What is diagnosis that is causing the problem breathing?
Dr. Andy
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Did not get one...says it MAY be a flap that Labradors have that is getting smaller!?!?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is there any Meds that can help??
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
Hmmm..
Very tough for me to comment.
As a guess, only a guess, the vet must be referring to laryngeal paralysis, which is seen in this breed.
The goal is to ensure a pet is not in a hot environment and to keep the quiet to ease the breathing.
There is a surgical procedure that can be done called a laryngeal tie-back that can help breathing. In fact, my father's own labrador had this procedure done.
The procedure helps to keep the airway open.
Sometimes, cough suppressants or sedatives will be used to help calm pets to slow the breathing.
But, if I am correct about laryngeal paralysis, there are treatment options, so I would consult another vet or a surgical specialist for another opinion.
Good Luck!
Dr. Andy
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
Hi Joe,
I'm just following up on our conversation about 13. How is everything going?
Dr. Andy
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you, ***** ***** for a 13 year old Lab is not an option. That's all I need, Thanks.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 1 year ago.
You are welcome.
Good Luck!
Dr. Andy

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