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Monday, November 23, 2009

Sore Throat

Matt sends this in,

The last couple of days my dog has been yelping out of nowhere, and when she barks it is a bark that quickly turns to a yelp.  We removed her collars thinking it was maybe constricting her throat but in the last day she has been less active and just lays around yelping occassionally.  She still has an appetite but you can tell that it is difficult for her to swallow.  Is there anything we can do to cause her to expel the object and help it's way down the rest of the way if you feel it is indeed an object in her airway?

If there was something truly stuck in her throat, she likely wouldn't be eating, or would have more difficulty breathing.  Honestly, "stuck in the throat" is a common concern of clients but is a rare occurence.  She could have laryngitis or a similar inflammatory process in the esophagus or trachea.  It may also be a problem in her neck, with the muscles being sore or a partially slipped disc in the neck.  In these cases, any sudden movement of the head or neck can cause pain.

I definitely recommend taking her to your vet as soon as you can.  This is something that needs to be seen in-person, and your vet can help figure out exactly what is wrong.