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Laryngitis

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Condition Overview

Laryngitis is inflammation and swelling of the vocal cords and surrounding mucosa.

Symptoms

The signs are hoarseness and the inability to bark. The most common cause of laryngitis is voice strain caused by excessive barking or coughing. In the absence of these, suspect vocal cord paralysis.

Causes

Laryngitis can accompany tonsillitis, throat infections, kennel cough, or tumors in the throat.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made by assessing symptoms during a veterinary exam.

Treatment

Laryngitis due to excessive barking usually responds to removing the stimulus for the barking. When voice strain is due to prolonged coughing, take your dog to the vet for an evaluation.

Prevention

There is no prevention for this condition.

Support

Please contact your veterinarian with questions regarding this condition.

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Sources

Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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