My 11-year old yellow lab was recently diagnosed with Canine Laryngeal Paralysis following several frightening incidents when he became short of breath to the point that his gums and tongue turned blue.
Canine Laryngeal Paralysis is a condition affecting the nerves that allow the larynx to open up when a dog takes a breath. For unknown reasons, these nerves stop working, especially when the dog is excited, stressed, or hot.
So far we have managed our dog's condition by giving him a variety of prescribed medications and keeping him as calm and cool as possible at all times. His episodes are becoming increasingly worrisome, however, and we are concerned that he will have to have surgery to "tie back" one of the laryngeal folds which are blocking his airway.
Everything I have read suggests that dogs who have the surgery are at increased risk of pneumonia, and my lab loves to swim.
If your dog has or has had Canine Laryngeal Paralysis I would appreciate any advice you could offer on how you managed his or her condition and whether or not surgery was a good option for you and your pet.