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Not just for barking!

26 July 2017

Nearly everyone has been pleased with the warm weather so far this summer! Unfortunately though the higher temperatures can make life difficult for dogs suffering from laryngeal paralysis - malfunction of the voice box.

Both humans and dogs actively open their voice box (larynx) when they breathe air in (inspire) and this condition limits or prevents this active opening from occurring. The increased noise and effort that results from failure can become a crisis for these dogs, particularly when they need to pant to cool themselves in the warmer weather.

 

 

Luckily, most crises can be treated by a local vet in the first instance and then arrangements made for more definitive treatment by one of the Specialist soft tissue surgeons at Willows. The other good news is that the outcome from surgery can be life-changing for both the animals and their loving owners.

These videos allow us to hear the increased noise caused by the failing voice box during inspiration (breathing in) and the more normal panting noise that is present on the day after surgery. If you are concerned that your dog may be suffering from laryngeal paralysis, please discuss the situation with your vet who will be happy to arrange a referral to Willows if appropriate.

 

 

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