My 11 year old yellow lab was recently diagnosed with Canine Laryngeal Paralysis following several frightening incidents when he became short of breath to the point that his gums and tongue turned blue.
Canine Mizuno MP Laryngeal Paralysis is a condition affecting the nerves that allow the larynx to open up when a dog takes a breath. For unknown reasons, these nerves stop working, especially when the dog is excited, stressed, or hot.
So far we have managed our dog condition by giving him a variety of prescribed medications and keeping him as calm and cool as possible at all times. His episodes are becoming increasingly worrisome, however, and we are concerned that he will have to have surgery to “tie back” one of the laryngeal folds which are blocking his airway.
Everything I Titleist MB have read suggests that dogs who have the surgery are at increased risk of pneumonia, and my lab loves to swim.
If your dog has or has had Canine Laryngeal Paralysis I would appreciate any advice you could offer on how you managed his or her condition and whether or not surgery was a good option for you and your pet.
my 12 year Titleist CB\ old chocolate lab had tie back surgery sept 23 2011. she is recovering with amazing results. she has severe hip proplems but you would never know it. i attribute her great recovery and total health to these vitamins and believe all dogs can benefit from this feeding program. i am trying to slow her down while she is healing but it is difficult because she feels so good and can breath again.
My 13 year old Chocolate lab was diagnosed in June and at the beginning of August he had his first episode where he starts to gasp for air throw up and over heat. this all happened while I was not at home. He was rushed to emergency and given oxygen and a sedative. Last night I witnessed what happens if he eats too fast and panics and it was scary but since I had heard about his other episodes I was able to calm him down be immediately wetting him with cold water then spraying his feet and belly with alcohol to keep him cool while I sat and next to him to bring his heart rate down. Then within Titleist AP2 10 minutes he was back to normal looking for food. Have they given you anything other than Prednisone and AcePromazine to reduce swelling and hyperactivity? If so what because they also gave us Valium but that seems useless.
My 8 1/2 yr old Rhodesian Ridgeback was diagnosed with LP in June. We have postponed surgery by keeping him in the house and close to home (short walks) although he still occasionally gets excited and exhibits signs of gasping for breath, choking, etc. Of course he stir crazy being at home all the time but overall he seems comfortable. We used Benadryl tablets on occasion to quiet him down but I think it is progressing towards the necessary surgery because there is still a lot of life in him and he seems to want to be more active. We considering a partial tieback in January. He 120lbs and old so I very worried especially since he is like a vacuum with food and retraining him to eat could be challenging for him.
I read equal amounts of positive and negative Titleist AP1 arguments about the surgery and could probably postpone it longer but it seems I should give him a good chance of recovery and do it sooner than later.
I meeting with the surgeon in two weeks. I will report back then. Good luck to yours.
Dear JB, Mandy, Dee Dee and Andy,
I had two older dogs with Lar Par. Both had the surgery. I highly recommend it. Although at 12+ and 13, you really need to evaluate how healthy they are and what their life is like, how severe the breathing episodes are. Personally, when my dogs were gasping for breath, there was no doubt in my mind that they needed the surgery. It was awful to watch and worry that they were going to drop dead right there suffocating, and there is nothing you can do.
Although a high percentage, about 20% 25% don live past the first 3 months after surgery (I think they aspirate and die from pneumonia), if they do survie, they will do very well. Otherwise, if you don do the surgery and your dog has more than a mild case, I think you are probably going to lose the dog to Lar Par anyway. All my dogs love to swim. One, a male Lab, had the surgery at age 11, and he died a few months later, after a hip surgery, he had fluid in his lungs. I don know if it was because of the surgery or the Larpar or both. My other, a female lab, had the surgery at age 10 almost 2 years ago. She is doing so very well. She coughs occasionally after drinking water, otherwise she has learned to eat and drink just fine. I never feed her rice or dry things that she could possibly inhale, so there are changes you have to make. I go to the beach every Sunday with my three labs, and used to keep her out of the water, just letting her wade in on a leash. Well, I discovered that she figured out how to swim and keep her mouth up. She been swimming for a year now with no problems. Use your judgement though, with your dog. I did hear from another dog owner that their lar par dog can swim as well. At the same time, if they don keep water out, they will certainly drown.
Also, only get one side tied back (is that what you meant by “partial” Andy?), don do both. From everything I read and discussed with multiple vets, only do one side. You need some protection of the lungs so leave one side, and tieback on one side is enough for air to get through, even if your dog has bi lateral laryngeal paralysis my dog is bi lateral and she has just one side tied back and can breath well, and run and play just fine! BTW since her lar par tie back, she has had surgery on each knee to fix torn ACL (she could barely walk, so I HAD to do the surgeries). They give extra attention to her during surgery and recovery, as having a tie back introduces additional risk to aspiration during recovery. So, if you decide to do the tie back and your dog needs any other surgery, do those surgeries first. So, I rejoice in the time we have together and try to make her life fun and full of outside experiences and lots of love!
Let me know how you and your dogs are doing and what you decide to do.
My 12 year old choc lab was just diagnosed with Lar Par and my husband and I are torn about the surgery. We (I) feel that we can keep his excitement level down for the most part but we also realistic and know that we won be able to control certain things such as thunder storms and 4th of July fire works. My husband is more for the surgery than I am. I very concerned about the age of our dog and how well he recover from this experience but I also don want anything to happen to him when there was an option available to us and we chose not to take it. He could barely make it around the house without being exhausted just days before the surgery. While the decision to have the surgery was scary it actually seemed like our only option for giving him any quality of life. Within 2 months after the surgery he was walking 6 miles and back to his “old” self. He had a great recovery. I still get nervous when he eats/drinks but we limited his portions given at one time to help. He is still doing very well.
Hi, I once thought my 9 year old golden lab had a cold so my vet gave him antibiotics. Did not do much. Went to our home in GA and took him to the vet for that and a few other not so serious issues. They wanted to see his lungs and suggested an X ray.
They told me he has congestive heart failure gave him some lasix and noting really happened. It never really cleared up. So one night at a time I was stressed for a number of reasons wrigley field was having a hart time breathing and could not lay down. Kept getting up and pacing. And this was at 5am. I called the er vet told him all of this and they referred me to one of 200 vets that specialize in cardiology in the US. This just happened to be about 2 miles from my home. When he got there, thinking his congestive heart issue was going to do him in, I had to sign a piece of paper with 4 choices and the first was they could give him a shot to revive and it would cost 50.00. I never found signing a piece of paper so difficult!!!!! So that’s what I did thinking he had a heart problem. He did not have congestive heart failure. They really did not have the correct tools to read what his issues were. So now I find out that he has taken in my stress and was having a hard time breathing turning out to be chronic bronchitis and esophageal paralysis. They have him on the theophylline which has him so stressed and freaked out he is on Xanax too. The theophylline is not working at all and that trip to that vet was 1600.00. She to sugested the tie back, not one but both??? He breathes and it is a constant wraspy wheezing. Not sure where to go or what to do? When he eats he is like a Hoover vacuum. He is on prescription diet dog food WD. He is also pancreatic so it’s difficult to deviate from that food but I do add basmati rice because of the expense of the food and I add vita gravy to give it flavor or bananna because that is his favorite human food!!!!
All I want is something So he can breathe without feeling bad that he can’t breathe with ease. Oh did I mention he is also blind. He really does good with all of his ailments but I just want him to breathe easier!!!!!
we just got our12yr old brittany back home last night, he was choking to death when we rushed him in to hospital, his only chance was the operation, im so hoping that he doesnt take pneumonia now , i had never heard of this condition before and he was being treated for a heart problem which turned out he didnt have, i would definately advise that if your dog is otherwise healthy and no heart condition to get the op, what we witnessed in our dog choking to death will be more than you can bear, we were told if hes healthy and we keep a good eye on him his chance of a good life is 92%,
To everyone out there: If you have an otherwise healthy dog, I would encourage you to get the surgery. We just put our almost 14 year old Lab to sleep last night after rushing her to the hospital in respiratory distress. She had been having symptoms for a year and the vet had told us about the surgery but did not push it because of her age. Looking back, we probably would not have done the surgery then, due to her cost and age, but after last night, it would have been nice to have her a little longer and for her to be able to take walks and play outside again in her last days. I have been agonizing over this decsion for over a year. My 10 yr old yellow lab has LP and it breaks my heart. She was the fastest swimmer/runner of any lab I ever seen. But what kind of life does she have at this point. After reading Bonnie D message I feel a little more incouraged. Anyone else out there with some positive experience post surgery? Also can anyone