Dogs » snorting coughing
our 15 yrd old patterdale (happily now NOT dying of liver cancer, just has some vague raised liver blood test results, but no one knows why) had a very odd "turn" this week. He seemed to be unable to get his breath, and was snorting which sounded like a very phlemgy cough, from his throat while tensing his upper body. 4 of these snorts in a row, and he was fine, but looked startled. This happened several times in one day, and a few more the next day. We noticed him gulping to swallow a few times also Snoring at night a lot louder and snuffiler too. No snorts today, but vets (why do dogs always do that!!) who could find nothing untoward. Pharynx paralyasis had been mentioned by phone, but thankfully ruled out. Any ideas please? It was very distressing for him and us.
8/5/08Answer this question
Sounds like a problem with his soft palate. I have never come across a Patterdale with a Pharyngeal or laryngeal paralysis though I have not realy come across that many Paterdales. They are like a lot of terriers prone to going wild on a lead and it may be associated with physical cdamage to his trachea from this. I do suggest thqt it is worth getting him examined and perhaps endoscoped.
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