Diseases & Conditions
What is a laryngeal edema?
A laryngeal edema is an excessive amount of fluid in the tissues located around the region of the throat in which your dog’s vocal cords are located. This extra fluid causes the throat to become constricted.
What will a laryngeal edema look like in my dog?
The swelling associated with a laryngeal edema can result in loud and labored breathing. Coughing, snoring and/or difficulty swallowing may also be symptoms.
How does my dog get a laryngeal edema?
A laryngeal edema may be caused by an infection, allergies, the inhalation of caustic substances, or the result of a medical procedure such as surgery or radiation therapy.
How is a laryngeal edema diagnosed?
A physical examination can diagnose a laryngeal edema. Further testing maybe required to determine the underlying cause.
How is a laryngeal edema treated?
Your vet will give your dog anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling. For more serious cases, your vet may recommend a tracheostomy, a surgical procedure in which a temporary air passageway is created. Additional treatment may be required to treat any underlying causes.
How is a laryngeal edema prevented?
There is no prevention for a laryngeal edema.
Can I get from my dog a laryngeal edema?
No, you cannot get a laryngeal edema from your dog.