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Laryngeal Paralysis in Dogs
What is laryngeal paralysis in dogs?
Laryngeal paralysis in dogs is known as a condition that often has an influence on the muscles that are accountable for controlling the aretynoid cartilages of the voice box (larynx). Often when dogs are diagnosed with this condition, this may cause many different problems associated with the respiratory system and even a changed voice. In some cases, laryngeal paralysis is more known to be found in larger dogs instead of medium and small breeds; as well as affecting dogs who are in their middle age, or older. Laryngeal paralysis may cause many different other health issues such as cancer, general neuropathies and even
. For more information pertaining to the symptoms and treatments read below to find Expert answers.
What are the laryngeal paralysis symptoms?
A dog that has been diagnosed with laryngeal paralysis may show symptoms of a voice change, coughing, gagging while eating or not being able to exercise. Some dogs may experience problems with breathing or even problems with fainting. In some severe cases of laryngeal paralysis, this condition may need medical treatment immediately.
What is an effective laryngeal paralysis treatment?
In some situations of laryngeal paralysis a dog may not be medical or even surgical treatment. However, some cases just simply keeping the dogs
healthy, slowing down activity levels and keeping the dog from situations where the dog may be in higher temperatures may be enough treatment. In the case where a dog has a moderate condition of laryngeal paralysis, then some sedatives may be needed. In other cases where there is a severe case of this condition, a dog may need surgical treatment once the dog has been stabilized. This procedure is known as aretynoid lateralization (laryngeal tieback).
If a dog recently had a laryngeal paralysis tie back and will not eat anything but hamburger meatballs, what can be done?
In some cases when an individual is unable to get the do to eat
, the individual may be able to try combining some dog food with the human
. In this case, the individual may try ¼ of dog food and ¾ of human food. When the dog begins to eat better the individual may change the mixture to ½ and ½. Also, the individual may try giving the dog canned dog food with a little bit of
broth so that the dog is also getting liquids.
Can an e-collar cause laryngeal paralysis in dogs?
In many situations it may be uncommon for an e-collar to cause laryngeal paralysis in dogs. E-collars should not cause too much pressure on the pharynx in order to damage the nerves. Pressure to the pharynx is what causes laryngeal paralysis.
Laryngeal paralysis may be a common but still rare condition that may occur in some larger dogs by the pressure that is forced on the larynx and pharynx. In some cases, individuals may be unaware of this condition as well as the symptoms and treatments. When a dog has been diagnosed with laryngeal paralysis it may be recommended for the dog to be seen by a vet as soon as possible so the correct and effective treatments may be started. For more information pertaining to laryngeal paralysis in dogs, individuals may contact an Expert.
Recent Laryngeal Paralysis Questions
My miniature Aussie Shepherd is about 11 yrs old. She still
My miniature Aussie Shepherd is about 11 yrs old. She still loves to play fetch and is overall healthy. (She's had all her shots and blood test came out normal). We play fetch a couple times a day but I limit it to about 7 throws because her fatigue is evident. a Yesterday, after playing fetch she looked tired so I brought her in to drink water. She became dizzy, caught herself, then walked toward the water bowl then her front legs gave out and she collapsed on the floor. Once she rested for a time she seemed fine. My vet told me she has a narrow trachia and I'm wondering if when she is super active (jumping in the air and catching) if she's not getting enough oxygen causing her to become dizzy and exhausted. This has never happened on our walks or any other time except for jumping and catching. The collapse happened once before which is how I found out she has a narrow trachia. Any advice or suggestions?
My 10.5 year old male labrador started coughing/gagging between
My 10.5 year old male labrador started coughing/gagging between 6 months to a year ago. He would occasionally make a loud noise as if he was about to vomit, but never brought anything up. The noise is hard to describe, it sounds almost human sometimes. I had mentioned it to the vet months ago and he brushed it off without giving a reason as to what would cause it. A few months ago he seemed to have less energy-lying around more, and just generally becoming less active. Appetite, drinking, and going to the bathroom were all still normal. Then a few weeks ago he seemed to be panting more frequently, and making the gag/cough noise more frequently. A couple of times he coughed up blood. We took him to the vet and he gave him Amoxicillin and prednisone, which seemed to help. He was not coughing nearly as much. A week or two later, he started having seizures. We brought him to the vet that same day and he was diagnosed with anaplasmosis and started on minocycline 250mg twice per day and phenobarbital 97.2 mg twice per day, and discontinued the Amoxicillin. After a day or two, the seizures stopped, but he continued with the gag/retch/cough sound. He became increasingly lethargic. He would get up and walk around, but slowly. He started panting more. His back end seems weak and he seems to have a hard time standing up when lying down. I read that this could all be due to the phenobarbital and that it should improve in a couple of weeks, but he only got worse. He seems to take fast, short, shallow breaths, and lie around most of the time. His eyes are still bright and clear, and he wags his tail when we come toward him, licks our face when we are close to him. Sometimes just stares off into space. Appetite decreased somewhat. A couple days ago his breathing seemed very fast and when you are close to him and breathes with his mouth open you can hear a sort of crackling noise. Took him to the vet again and he took a chest x ray. The vet showed us the image and said his lungs appear full of white, cloudy material. The vet seemed unsure, but said "his lungs are full of something, it must be cancer." The vet has not taken his temperature since a few weeks ago, but he did not have a fever back then. His blood work a few weeks ago was also quite normal according to the vet. He gave us Lasix to give him to him along with the prednisone, phenobarbital, and minocycline, and basically said he has no idea how long he'll live, but should probably euthanize when he no longer wants to eat. We took him to a second vet for a second opinion. The second vet did not have an x ray machine, but said the doses seemed high and recommended to decrease them. He said the phenobarbital could be making him more lethargic and recommended to cut the dose in half. He also said Lasix and prednisone together may dehydrate him too much, and recommended to give only 20 mg prednisone per day, and hold off on the lasix for now. Also decrease the minocycline to 100 mg per day. Now it has been three days and he does seem a tiny bit perkier, but still breathes very fast and shallow breaths, but not quite as bad as a few days ago. Occasionally makes the gag/cough sound, as if he is trying to cough something up. Still eating most of his meals but his breathing really worries me. His gums are looking a little paler than normal. Also he pretty much just lies around. He does still wag his tail and comes to greet us (slowly) when we get home. I am wondering if he has been misdiagnosed. The vet seemed uncertain of the chest x ray, and I have been reading about fungal infections being mistaken for lung cancer. We live in the woods in southern NY state, (along the PA border) and he swims in a pond in the woods near us in the summer. He does sometimes chew sticks, and I have seen him eating dirt in the past. He lives inside, but he is outside with us a lot too. Does this sound like cancer? Or could it possibly be something else? The vet did not seem sure when looking at the x ray. His lungs did look quite full of whitish material, but there was no tumor, or mass or anything. Sorry for making this so long, and thank you very much for taking the time to read it all.
Our 9 yr. old mixed breed (German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Husky)
Our 9 yr. old mixed breed (German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Husky) female dog has lost the muscles in her head. We feed her small bite food along with yogurt and pumpkin. She has trouble swallowing larger bits of food. Her breathing is very snorky but not labored. Her appetite is very good.
Our vet noticed the lack of muscles on her head and said it was an auto-immune disease. As long as she is otherwise healthy, is there any reason to put her through tests (expensive) or put her on steroids (I believe they are worse than the auto-immune)?
Thank you very much.
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