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Dr. Ellie, it's me again -- the one that had the dog who

Dr. Ellie,Hi, it's me again -- the one that had the dog who recently passed from Lar Par. What could have caused him to go into such distress that he needed oxygen? I understand that the second tie-back failed, but why didn't he go back to just panting heavily (not that that would be good, but I am curious why he went into complete respiratory distress). This was Duncan -- you and I had communicated some last week and you were very helpful.

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Dr. Ellie

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He's making choking noises but still breathing and panting.

He's making choking noises but still breathing and panting. He'll try to vomit but nothing comes out .He's never done it before .JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully it didn't make a mess. Did the dog eat anything unusual?Customer: Not that I saw. And there's nothing chewed up around the house.JA: What is the dog's name and age?Customer: Scout, and he's almost 10.JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Scout,?Customer: No, he's usually a healthy dog .JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.

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Our almost 13 year old boxer mix, Bandit, recently developed

Our almost 13 year old boxer mix, Bandit, recently developed breathing issues. His heart and lungs looked fine on the radiograph. She sent us to a bigger vet office and they are pretty sure he has laryngeal paralysis after reviewing his records and listening to a video we made of his breathing while walking. They recommended the tieback surgery and said they will confirm the diagnosis concurrent/before the surgery. Bandit does have some joint stiffness and occasional unsteadiness on his feet. We have read online that the risk for aspiration pneumonia after the surgery is fairly high (20%) and that a dog can have recurring bouts of it. We don't want to put him through the surgery if he ends up with a poorer quality of life, with repeated bouts of pneumonia. Is there any non-surgical and/or holistic alternative that has been used successfully for this diagnosis? Thank you.

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Rebecca

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My elderly dog has been prescribed flagyl. My experience

My elderly dog has been prescribed flagyl. My experience with this drug is that dogs hate it, foam up, fling it everywhere and sometimes spew it out their nose. I'm tempted to deliver it deeper in his mouth but worried about aspiration pneumonia with this old fellow who already has some chronic respiratory issues. Can you tell me what is known about the likelihood of that in dogs? I know dogs are far less likely than humans to choke on food due to structure of trachea. But aspiration pneumonia I'm unsure of.Thanks!

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Katie Volat

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I had another question regarding my boy, Duncan who had

I had another question regarding my boy, Duncan who had passed due to Laryngeal Paralysis. You were kind enough to answer all of my questions regarding his suture failure. He was on Meloxicam during his recovery. I had to give him a few doses during his recovery period. The hospital had given it to him, and I brought him home on a Friday night. They told me to not give it to him until the following evening (Saturday night) because it was to be given 24 hours apart. So, I gave it to him on Saturday at 4 PM with his dinner. It was Meloxicam 1.5 mg/ml suspension #2.4 ml. The instructions were to give with food by mouth. So the first dose I gave him was that Saturday and I put it in his mouth directly after his dinner. He was fine Saturday and Sunday. Sunday night, I gave it to him again, but this time, I put it on his food because I didn't think it was a good idea to give directly into his mouth due to his tie back. However, since I had given it to him directly into his mouth on Saturday, could that have caused aspiration? I know this is sort of a silly question, because he ended up passing due to his second tie-back failing. The doctors didn't feel he had aspirated and unfortunately, the big problem was that his tie back failed. But, I wake up at night thinking that I could have caused him to aspirate -- but wouldn't he have had signs earlier than Monday morning if he had aspirated on the Meloxicam I directly gave him by mouth Saturday at 4 PM? I have a call into the vet that was on that night, but I don't think she will call me until next week, and I just need to know. Thank you! ~Andrea

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Dr. Ellie

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My 10 year old yellow lab mix coughed a lot during the night

my 10 year old yellow lab mix coughed a lot during the night and is still coughing today. He does not appear to be sick. he is eating, drinking and other than the cough seems he seems like he always is.

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Dr. Michael Salkin

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Can Canine Laryngeal Paralysis occur due to surgeries? In

Good Morning,Can Canine Laryngeal Paralysis occur due to surgeries? In other words, could having surgery on say a wart removal or eye surgery result in damage to the nerves that control the vocal chords? I read on the Internet that sometimes Lar Par is just inherited, idiopathic, or due to some sort of trauma. Not sure what trauma would cause it and it also mentioned surgery can cause it. Is this true? Would it be from insertion of the intubation tube, or just the fact that there was surgery performed?

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Dr. Kara

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My dog has been omitted to Roseworthy emergency clinic in SA

My dog has been omitted to Roseworthy emergency clinic in SA he is having trouble breathing currently on a ventilator to help him breathe his throat is swollen up and a high temperature that is having trouble coming down the vet has not tested him for tox report he is a Bernese mountain dog and is not even 3 yet they have taken x Ray's and blood tests but are saying it's all fine, they rang us this morning and it's not looking good any advice would be appreciated very important to us very sad times

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When a dog has laryngeal paralysis and has unilateral

Hello! When a dog has laryngeal paralysis and has unilateral tie back surgery and that surgery fails over time due to weakening cartilage not being able to hold the suture in place, why is it recommended to try the other side. If a first tie-back fails due to friable cartilage, then why would they want to tie the other side back?

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Dr. Gary

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