Laryngitis is inflammation and swelling of the vocal cords and surrounding mucosa.
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.
Diagnosis is made by assessing symptoms during a veterinary exam.
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.
There is no prevention for this condition.
Please contact your veterinarian with questions regarding this condition.
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