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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My dog, toy poodle, has had issue bit now with a bit of a

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My dog, toy poodle, has had issue for a bit now with a bit of a gargle sound when you hold him upright. He eats well, he sleeps well, he in good spirits, and he goes to the bathroom regularly. Happy dog. He develops a lot of tartar and has to have regular dental cleanings. During today's dental cleaning, the vet said he noticed that his vocal cords were looking strange and he has no idea what it is. Swollen/funky/strange looking. He said out of all the many years he has been working, he has no idea. He wanted to take a biopsy but was not comfortable due to not having the appropriate instruments and did not want to cause vocal paralysis. We have tried antibiotics before and no success recently to take away the problem. He is recommending I see a specialist.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Dog
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Blood work was Ok he said - liver function, etc.
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
Blood work was good.
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
I will follow his recommendation; however, I am worried. Is this something that is very concerning?
Customer: replied 12 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 12 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner and I regret that my state board of veterinary examiners doesn't allow my speaking with customers by phone in this venue. Please stay in this conversation if you wish. There aren't many consideration for such an appearance of the vocal cords. Infections, immune-mediated inflammation, and neoplasia round out the possible etiologies. Antibiotics would seem to have ruled out infection. Steroids such as prednisone might be administered as a 10 day trial to see if immune-mediated inflammation (plasmacytic/lymphocytic) exists. Neoplasia (squamous cell carcinoma, fibrosarcoma, e.g.) requires biopsy and a very small biopsy punch (1-2 mm) will suffice and not cause significant change in his vocalization.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin