Do you think that the change in your dog’s voice is a concern? What would you make of it if your dog’s bark became hoarser?
Kenzo was an adult Hovawart, entering his senior years. He’s been always a vibrant, healthy and a happy dog—the king of his kingdom.
The first signs of a potential problem were subtle.
The first symptoms
Kenzo didn’t exhibit any symptoms that would make you rush to a veterinarian. Often, gradual, subtle changes in behavior and routine are easily missed.
The first sign Kenzo’s dad noticed that Kenzo started allowing his housemate to bully him. Kenzo’s female companion was young and exuberant, always testing boundaries. In the past, Kenzo was the keeper of rules and would put her in her place if she crossed a line.
Suddenly, however, she was able to get away with murder.
Kenzo’s dad decided to see a veterinarian.
Kenzo received a thorough physical exam and the vet ran all routine lab tests. However, everything checked out and Kenzo’s lab results were normal. The only finding was mild arthritis in Kenzo’s front left leg. The veterinarian dispensed pain medications.
After a few days on his pain medication, Kenzo seemed to have bounced right back. He quickly explained to his rambunctious housemate that order has been restored.
Arthritis seemed to be Kenzo’s only problem. Kenzo started long-term arthritis management, including supplements and acupuncture.
And that’s where the story could have ended. But it has not.
Kenzo’s voice changes
While it originally got lost in the overall picture, Kenzo’s voice had been changing. His bark sounded hoarser. Because his heart and lungs checked out, this subtle sign got forgotten.
However, with his arthritis pain taken care off, it became apparent that not only Kenzo’s bark sounded differently but his breathing wasn’t quite right either.
It was Kenzo’s overall improvement and attempt to return to his normal routines that brought this problem to the forefront.
Can you think of what could cause Kenzo’s voice change? What would you do if it was your dog?
Read Kenzo’s story.
Bark Change in Dogs