Emergencies

Jake’s Laryngeal Paralysis

Jake’s Laryngeal Paralysis

Jake is a senior Labrador Retriever, and his story starts with an emergency veterinary visit. Jake was rushed to the clinic blue and suffocating. Jake has laryngeal paralysis–these days recategorized as geriatric onset laryngeal paralysis polyneuropathy (GOLPP). It was thought that laryngeal paralysis was just that–paralysis of the voice box (larynx). The larynx is the organ that controls the airflow…

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Phoenix’s Lethargy and Loss of Appetite

Phoenix’s Lethargy and Loss of Appetite

How seriously do you take your dog’s loss of appetite and lethargy? How does it fit with your dog’s normal? How does it fit in the big picture? Would your point of view on the same set of symptoms change if your dog was a middle-aged intact female who just recently finished her heat cycle? What difference does that make?…

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Is Bad Breath an Emergency?

When I wrote Symptoms to Watch for in Your Dog, at the end of each chapter I included a little call-out when each of them might be an emergency. Well, I meant to. There were some chapters where I skipped it because while some of the symptoms might almost never be an emergency, under certain conditions, they could be. When…

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Is Ingestion of Candy an Emergency?

It all depends on the type and amount of candy. First, let’s go over the mechanical dangers. Along with other things of “just the right size,” candy can be a choking hazard. The only difference between people and dogs is access. Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death in people. Hard candy is one of the culprits,…

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