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Dear Daisy Dog

Our 12-year-old Labrador was diagnosed with laryngeal paralysis. She coughs but is otherwise fine. Our veterinarian offered surgical repair, but given our dog’s age, we decided against it. Is there anything else we can do?

Daisy Responds

Laryngeal paralysis, a condition in which paralyzed throat muscles block the windpipe, may produce coughing, breathing difficulties and a whisper-like bark.

Lifestyle management is essential. Keep your Lab lean, make sure she stays cool, and don’t let her exercise too much, especially on warm, humid days.

Your veterinarian can prescribe doxepin to quiet her cough and anti-inflammatory medication to reduce throat swelling. Acupuncture sometimes is effective.

 

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