Dog Is Barking Hoarsely (cont.)
When to Get the Vet
Is your dog coughing or breathing with a raspy sound? While both these symptoms could be indications of bacterial or viral infections, they could also be associated with a form of paralysis that affects the nerves of the larynx. This is a diagnosis that can only be made by your veterinarian and should be made soon since this problem will often result in aspiration of your dog's food into the lungs, which, in turn, can cause pneumonia.
Text © 2007 by Robert D. "Jake" Tedaldi, D.V.M.