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Dog Laryngitis: Symptoms & Treatment

Dogs, like humans, can suffer from laryngitis, a common respiratory condition that affects the vocal cords and causes hoarseness or a raspy voice. In this blog, our Ocala veterinary we'll cover the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery of laryngitis in dogs.

What is laryngitis in dogs?

Believe it or not, dogs do get sore throats. Laryngitis in dogs is an inflammation of the larynx, causing symptoms such as hoarseness, coughing, and difficulty breathing. It may be due to infections, allergies, or irritants, and the typical treatment entails rest and veterinary-prescribed medication. 

Symptoms of Laryngitis in Dogs

The symptoms of laryngitis in dogs can vary depending on the severity of the inflammation.

The most common symptoms include:

  • Hoarseness or loss of voice.
  • Coughing.
  • Bad breath.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Harsh or raspy sound when breathing.
  • Other symptoms may include fatigue, loss of appetite, and fever.

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, it's essential to consult a veterinarian immediately.

How serious is laryngitis in dogs?

Laryngitis in dogs can vary from mild to severe. It can be a serious condition that affects their ability to breathe and vocalize. If left untreated, it can lead to more severe respiratory issues and may require medical intervention from a veterinarian.

Causes of Laryngitis in Dogs

Infections, allergies, and medical issues are all possible causes of dog laryngitis. Common bacterial or viral infections include canine influenza, kennel cough, and pneumonia. Aside from throat trauma and irritants like smoke or dust, it can also be caused by underlying medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, heart disease, or cancer.

Diagnosing of Laryngitis in Dogs

If you suspect your dog has laryngitis, take him to the veterinarian. The veterinarian will examine your dog's throat, possibly take pictures, and run an infection test. Following a diagnosis, the veterinarian will recommend a treatment plan based on the severity of the condition and its underlying causes.

How to Treat a Dog with Laryngitis

So, how is laryngitis treated in dogs? When a dog gets laryngitis, the treatment depends on how severe it is and what caused it. If the damage is minor, your dog can recover with rest and plenty of water. If the problem is more serious, the vet may need to administer medication or admit your dog to the hospital. Antibiotics can help if bacteria caused it, and anti-inflammatory drugs can be used if there is pain and swelling. If something is obstructing or inflaming your dog's throat, surgery may be required.

Recovery From Laryngitis in Dogs

The severity and cause of our canine friends' laryngitis determine how long it takes them to recover. If it's not too serious, a few days of rest and treatment could be all they need to get back to their wagging tails. If the case is more difficult, it may take several weeks or months. 

While your dog is recovering, follow your veterinarian's instructions and keep a close eye on them. Most dogs with laryngitis can recover completely and return to their playful, happy-go-lucky selves with proper care and treatment.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If you think your dog has laryngitis, get veterinary care for your dog from Paddock Park Animal Care Center. Contact our Ocala vets today.

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