My Dog Is Barking Hoarsely
Dogs and barking seem to go together. Dogs tend to bark to attract attention to things they seem to think of as important, but sometimes they appear to be barking at absolutely nothing at all. I think it is safe to assume that many of us would like very much to be able to exert complete control over our dogs' barking, but aside from an appropriately timed growl, a dog's bark is often her most effective means of communication.
Thus, despite the fact that it may seem like a blessing when our dogs bark with hoarse “voices,” it is always a surprise, as well as a cause for concern.
What to Look For
To investigate further, try taking a look down your dog's throat. Get a flashlight or take your dog to a spot with very good light. If you can, get someone else to help out.
Begin by petting your dog the way you normally would. In a few minutes, begin rubbing her ears and working your way to her muzzle. Place your left thumb on the right side of your dog's upper lip, just behind the large canine teeth. Place your left index and middle fingers on the left side of your dog's upper lip, just behind the large canine teeth. Do the same with your right hand on her lower lip, and then open her mouth like a clam shell.
Take a good look inside her mouth and down her throat. Look for irritation and coatings on the tongue and back of throat. Check for masses and foreign bodies. Listen for coughing and to your dog's breathing.
What to Do
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