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Old 08-01-2018, 06:55 AM   #1
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Status on my old Gal (the dog not the Mrs.)

The vet says the raspy loud breathing it isn’t her heart. He was admittedly perplexed. Something about labradoodles and the larynx is suspected. It may be treatable, we will find out next week.

The things we do for our animals eh?
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Old 08-01-2018, 10:10 AM   #2
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Hopefully the vet can figure out exactly what is the problem. Older dogs, just like people, start needing more health care. I think I put at least one of out vet's kid through college over the years
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This time of year is allergy season for our dog. It usually shows up as irritated skin on the paws rather than breathing difficulties, but if a dog is in a weakened condition perhaps breathing can become involved. We treat our dog with generic Benadryl (diphenhydramine). It might be worth trying with your pet.
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Hope she's well.

Yeah, the vet tried to sell me on cataract surgery for our 12 year old dog. I didn't ask how much, dog's only 5" tall and he sees people who are 100' away just fine.
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My 3 yr. old yellow lab (English type, boxier head and muscular) is a lazy bones. I wonder if he has thyroid issues. He'll run and play in quick sprints, then starts smelling everything. He actually enjoys walking in the neighborhood instead of off leash at the dog park. I find that odd. All the other dogs run around like crazy and he just leisurely walks around, smells, grazes on the grass. He's in my icon picture.
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Ray, it could be a collapsing trachea. I had a small dog with that. Not sure if big dogs get it.
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My dog had a partially paralyzed larynx for years, which caused him to throw up a lot and get out of breath. He lived to be 13 until it fully paralyzed. He was a good boy.
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One of my labs developed laryngeal paralysis in his later years (around 11-12). Labs and goldens are two breeds that seem to be associated with the condition. My lab's symptoms started with raspy breathing, and he later developed aspiration pneumonia from it. He recovered from the pneumonia to live another couple of years before bone cancer dealt the final blow.

Hope your pup's issue is something less serious.

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My 3 yr. old yellow lab (English type, boxier head and muscular) is a lazy bones. I wonder if he has thyroid issues. He'll run and play in quick sprints, then starts smelling everything. He actually enjoys walking in the neighborhood instead of off leash at the dog park. I find that odd. All the other dogs run around like crazy and he just leisurely walks around, smells, grazes on the grass. He's in my icon picture.

Our yellow lab is about 12 years old now, but ever since he was about 3-4, he has pretty much behaved as you described. Yes, he will run at times, but he would MUCH rather just sniff around for signs of other dogs (and of course raise his leg to mark that he was there). If I take him to a dog park, he basically just walks from smell to smell and checks everything out.........zero interest in running and playing with other dogs. That's one reason we don't go to dog parks anymore. I'm pretty sure my dog has no thyroid issues or other major health issues....it is just the way he is.
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Our yellow lab is about 12 years old now, but ever since he was about 3-4, he has pretty much behaved as you described. Yes, he will run at times, but he would MUCH rather just sniff around for signs of other dogs (and of course raise his leg to mark that he was there). If I take him to a dog park, he basically just walks from smell to smell and checks everything out.........zero interest in running and playing with other dogs. That's one reason we don't go to dog parks anymore. I'm pretty sure my dog has no thyroid issues or other major health issues....it is just the way he is.
Thank you for that. He's so lovable and fun to play with at home. Get him to the dog park, forget it.
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My big guy used to love the dog park. But last 2 years he is to old to keep up with the dogs. He is 13 so gets daily walk and fetch in yard.
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My dog ate a hot dog attached to a fish hook left by a kid at the pond. I was out of the country and my wife was walking the dog. She thought he had eaten a piece of red rock candy and that's why his saliva was so red.
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