Laryngeal paralysis is unilateral or bilateral paralysis of the larynx. In dogs it can be congenital, seen in the Bouvier des Flandres, Bull Terrier, Dalmatian, Rottweiler and Huskies, or an acquired, idiopathic disease, seen in older Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, St. Bernards, and Irish Setters. Signs include change in voice and difficulty breathing.
Laryngeal paralysis is a condition affecting the muscles responsible for controlling the aretynoid cartilages of the larynx (the voice box). This can lead to problems such as respiratory problems and a changed voice. In a healthy dog, the aretynoids will close during swallowing and open up a lot during heavy breathing. In a dog with laryngeal paralysis, the aretynoids will simply hang loosely in a neutral position, which naturally causes breathing problems as well as problem with eating and drinking.
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Dog Food Types
Dog food companies all advertise their food as the best of all the dog foods on the market. Dog food companies try to make them their foods seem the meatiest, the healthiest and the tastiest. However, the only thing dog owners should really focus on is the nutrition of the dog food.
Dog owners have several choices when it comes to the type of dog food to feed their pets. Here’s some information on each.
Types of Dog Food
Dog food usually comes in three general forms:
What is facial nerve paralysis?
Facial nerve paralysis in dogs can have a wide range of causes, including trauma, inflammation of the middle ear (otis media), neuromuscular diseases, inflammatory CNS diseases, cancer, polyneuropathies (diseases affecting multiple nerves), and surgery of the ear or nearby areas. In many dogs, the vet will never find the underlying cause of the facial nerve paralysis.
In a dog suffering from facial nerve paralysis, there is a problem with the 7th cranial nerve. This causes improper function or complete paralysis of the muscles that controls facial expressions and facial movement, including the muscles responsible for moving the lips, nose, eyelids and ears.
Facial nerve paresis is a milder condition that only causes weakness of the face, not full blown paralysis.
Breeds at risk
Facial nerve paralysis can affect all dog breeds, but some are more prone to this problem than others. Examples of such especially … Read the rest