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My dogs bark has changed. Sounds hoarse. But his demeanor is…

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My dogs bark has...

My dogs bark has changed. Sounds hoarse. But his demeanor is now changing

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with your dog?

We have relative dogs here today and usually he barks and plays constantly..... today he was staying at the side constantly and when I offered him to go in his crate, he went in immediately - this is very unusual for him

Veterinarian's Assistant: Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. What is the dog's name and age?

Jax and he is 2 3/4 yrs

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Jax?

Just the hoarseness...

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 8 months ago
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Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 8 months ago

Have there been any changes to the diet? New food, including a change of flavors or protein source within the same brand? New treats? Bones? Has any human food been fed? Torn up toys or trash? Stressful changes to the environment?

When did the change in his bark begin?

What breed is he?

Has he been boarded or at any other location recently where he may have been barking non-stop?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
One of the abive
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
None of the above
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 8 months ago

Please re-read the questions above. Many of them ask for specific statements where a yes/no answer will not suffice.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No change in diet
No human food
Nothing by torn
Change happened a few weeks ago
He is a rescue, part jack Russell , part maybe red tick coon hound
He was boarded for s period of time, but he barks as much ch there as he does at home! He barks a lot! But no different amount over the last 2 + years
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 8 months ago

When was he boarded?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Oct 13 - Nov 5
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 8 months ago

It's possible this could have contributed but we would typically see this as a concern immediately upon returning home. No coughing, correct?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No coughing. He has started lightly snoring also
Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 8 months ago

Something to mention here is that many animals experience changes in the volume and tone of their bark (or meow) when they are experiencing thyroid problems. If this continues to be an issue for Jax, I would recommend that you have him examined and treated by your vet and discuss bloodwork to check his thyroid. Other potentials which might affect the sound of his bark could be the changing in the seasons where he might be producing more mucous in his airways (which may contribute to the snoring) or even seasonal allergies which often causes lethargy, scratching, running eyes or nose, licking of feet, etc. I am honestly more concerned about his lethargic behavior than the change in his bark. If he continues to feel unwell and experiences any other signs like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, refusal to eat or drink, etc. over the holiday or the associated weekend, please use this thread to reach back out to be at no additional charge. There may be more that's a factor here and he's simply not yet developed symptoms enough for us to know he's ill.

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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 7 months ago
Hi Judi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Dog Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 7 months ago

Checking in. How is Jax doing today?

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