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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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We have rescue Eskimo Spitz ... She started coughing and at

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We have rescue Eskimo Spitz ... She started coughing and at end of cough there's a gag....about 6 months ago...there's also a gurgling sound coming out of mouth when panting...we took her for xray of chest and to vet several times and they say everything looks OK but gave her cough tablets as needed....they seem to help a little especially at night....we have appointment again this Tuesday ... The gurgling sounds louder today.... Should we try to get her in sooner??
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'd like her to be seen sooner if only because I can't know if that gurgling is arising from her lower or upper respiratory tract. The former can be life-threatening. My initial thought is that because X-rays have been normal she's demonstrating the symptoms of laryngeal paralysis which is a disorder diagnosed by observing the motion of her arytenoid cartilages of her larynx while she's lightly sedated. The gurgling, then, would represent saliva accumulating in the area of her oropharynx (back of her throat) secondary to inflammation associated with laryngeal paralysis.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What is or would be the treatment for laryngeal paralysis? If any.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
It's addressed surgically with a "tie back" procedure called a unilateral arytenoid lateralization. This is considered a referral procedure.
Please continue our conversation if you wish.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK thank u for help!!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue and so would appreciate your returning to our conversation with an update - even after rating - at a time of your choosing.