I have a male golden retriever, almost 13, 100 lbs but not fat, just big. His heart is fine, lungs were x-rayed and found no problem.
Our vet, conventional, says Ben’s throat is losing its elasticity so when it’s over 40-50 degrees and sun is out, he has problem with breathing and panting to stay cool. He gets a 45-60 min. walk every morning although he has to rest every once in awhile. Our vet says he may eventually need a tracheotomy, but I’m wondering if there’s some medication he can take? Thanks for your response.
It sounds as if your Golden has laryngeal paralysis. You may often hear harsh breathing sounds sometimes sounding like a goose honking. Laryngeal paralysis commonly occurs due to a loss of nerve function in the muscles of the larynx (voice box) therefore it doesn’t open properly. Golden Retrievers are predisposed to this disease. As the problem progresses it can cause aspiration pneumonia during eating or even collapse after exercise or hot weather.
Tracheostomy is not the treatment of choice; the best treatment for this condition is a Laryngeal “tieback” (like tying open curtains). I’m not aware of a supplement that can improve the laryngeal nerves. Though supporting the dog’s immune system and keeping him very trim will help him endure the treatment and progression of the disease.
I recommend Cell Advance 880 by Vetriscience as an anti-oxidant and Super EPA fish oil by Thorne to reduce inflammation. Best of luck.
Colleen Smith DVM, CVA