Yellow Lab Suffering From Laryngeal Paralysis
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May 11, 2006 at 2:53 pm #2604Anonymous
Dear Dr. Jeff,
I have a twelve year old Yellow Lab who has been diagnosed as having Laryngeal Paralysis. He no longer is able to bark and they say that this is from this illness. My vet also told me that the only thing that can be done to help him would be surgery, however, she doesn’t believe that he would make it through surgery. The last few days he has been vomiting or what seems like he’s vomiting, for it’s a foamy white goo like stuff, kind of like mucosus. He is drinking a lot, however, eating less. He is also urinating rivers that has an incredibly strong odor. I would appreciate any help at all.
KarenMay 12, 2006 at 10:35 am #2605Dr. Jeff FeinmanKeymaster
[quote=KAREN]diagnosed as having Laryngeal Paralysis.
she doesn’t believe that he would make it through surgery.
I would appreciate any help at all.
Do you know why your vet feels that surgery is not an option for your dog? Age alone should not be a deterrant. When laryngeal tieback surgery is performed by a Board Certified surgical specialist, even in an older dog, it can provide a new lease on life.
There definitely are other homeopathic and holistic options, but you may want to get a surgical specialist’s opinion first. Here is a a link to find a Board Certified surgeon if you are interested in their opinion:
Let me know if I can help in any other way.
Dr. JeffMay 13, 2006 at 12:46 pm #2606Anonymous
Hi, Dr. Jeff,
Thank you, for responding to my message so quickly. Unfortunately I am ashamed to say that I am only assuming that it is because of his age and the fact that his breathing is so heavy and labored. I definately am going to check into a surgical specialist and have them check Indy out. However, if you believe that it would be alright I would also immediately like to start him on whatever homeopathic and holistic options I can, and would appreciate if you could tell me what to do. Once again thank you so much for all of your time and help and thank you for having this wonderful website.
KarenMay 14, 2006 at 10:34 am #2608Dr. Jeff FeinmanKeymaster
[quote=KAREN]I would also immediately like to start him on whatever homeopathic and holistic options I can, [/quote]
Excellent approach (integrative medicine at its best)!!
I recently treated a very, very similar situation in an even [b]older[/b] dog. Before surgery we started the dog on optimal nutrition, a few supplements, and [i]most importantly[/i], a carefully chosen homeopathic remedy based on his individuality.
Not only is he breathing great, but his other chronic problems (including fears and anxieties) are also resolving.
Consult a certified veterinary homeopath ([url]http://www.theavh.org/referral/certifieds.php[/url]) for help. If you can’t find someone who is certified, then there are many AVH members who aren’t certified, but are well trained and amply qualified to handle this situation.
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