Laryngeal Paralysis

Our basenji, occassionally starts "hacking" or almost a cough, like she is trying to clear her throat. Obviously she has been to the vet who suggested it might be Laryngeal Paralysis, a condition were her larnex muscles can restrict her breathing. She is almost 13 years and otherwise in excellent health. has anybody else experienced this in basenjis? Its not common in our breed according to the vet.

@Dave:

Our basenji, occassionally starts "hacking" or almost a cough, like she is trying to clear her throat. Obviously she has been to the vet who suggested it might be Laryngeal Paralysis, a condition were her larnex muscles can restrict her breathing. She is almost 13 years and otherwise in excellent health. has anybody else experienced this in basenjis? Its not common in our breed according to the vet.

While it is not common to our breed, I believe it is common to older dogs in general.

Thank you for the reply, Were off to see the vet this Mon. just as a precaution and to gain more info. Doesn't seem to stop our B' from chasing squirrels in the back yard but we've got to take care of our baby, you know? I've read alot of the health care posts and some sounded similar regarding bronchitis. I'll mention this info to the doc. Dave

I sure understand.. my Maggii had something simular for the last 4yrs of her life (we lost her at 16yrs 9months. The only thing that we found was that repeated coughing would lead to an irritation to the throat, so we had cough pills (they were narcotics) that we could give her if really bad. It stops the coughing … but not the "reason"... Like you noted it never slowed her down.

Cant offer any info Dave but hope everything goes ok for your girl on Monday. How about a pic 🙂

@NerdyDogOwner:

This sounds more like your regular Kennel cough.

I agree with their Vet's call on this dog… considering the age and the description. My Maggii had this and it is not an uncommon condition for elders and what they have described is exactly what Maggii did. Of course it is a good idea to rule out other conditions.

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