Squeaky dog

Description of your first forum.

Squeaky dog

Post by Paul Matthew » Fri, 04 May 2001 14:42:01



Any ideas on what would make a dog's bark get hoarser & higher-pitched?
He doesn't bark excessively, so it's not from making too much noise &
just having a sore throat.

In about a month, my mom's ACD mix has gone from having a normal,
healthy bark to a much higher one, almost like he has laryngitis. He
also doesn't bark as much as he used to. I'm trying to talk my mom into
taking him to the vet this weekend, but I'd like to have some ideas of
anything she should make sure gets checked.

For information, he's about 3 years old, neutered and aside from this,
very healthy and energetic. His appetite is good. He's an outdoor dog
who loves to chase birds & occasionally catches one. He gets kibble with
a small amount of canned mixed in, & a few biscuits a day. He has no
problems drinking water or eating, or chewing on toys or my pup's face.
His pee & poop are the same as always. As long as he's quiet, there's no
way to tell something's not right.

Thanks for any help.

--
Paul C - Purebred...mix...their tails still wag the same and they'll
still grab your lunch. Scratch an ear anyways.

 
 
 

Squeaky dog

Post by Patc » Fri, 04 May 2001 20:47:57



Quote:
> For information, he's about 3 years old, neutered and aside from this,
> very healthy and energetic. His appetite is good. He's an outdoor dog
> who loves to chase birds & occasionally catches one. He gets kibble with
> a small amount of canned mixed in, & a few biscuits a day. He has no
> problems drinking water or eating, or chewing on toys or my pup's face.
> His pee & poop are the same as always. As long as he's quiet, there's no
> way to tell something's not right.

Just out of interest, what sort of collar does he have, and is he a puller ?

Patch

 
 
 

Squeaky dog

Post by Elaine Gallan » Sat, 05 May 2001 07:14:22


If he's otherwise well, I don't see how it's a problem that he sounds funny.


Quote:
> Any ideas on what would make a dog's bark get hoarser & higher-pitched?
> He doesn't bark excessively, so it's not from making too much noise &
> just having a sore throat.

> In about a month, my mom's ACD mix has gone from having a normal,
> healthy bark to a much higher one, almost like he has laryngitis. He
> also doesn't bark as much as he used to. I'm trying to talk my mom into
> taking him to the vet this weekend, but I'd like to have some ideas of
> anything she should make sure gets checked.

> For information, he's about 3 years old, neutered and aside from this,
> very healthy and energetic. His appetite is good. He's an outdoor dog
> who loves to chase birds & occasionally catches one. He gets kibble with
> a small amount of canned mixed in, & a few biscuits a day. He has no
> problems drinking water or eating, or chewing on toys or my pup's face.
> His pee & poop are the same as always. As long as he's quiet, there's no
> way to tell something's not right.

> Thanks for any help.

> --
> Paul C - Purebred...mix...their tails still wag the same and they'll
> still grab your lunch. Scratch an ear anyways.

 
 
 

Squeaky dog

Post by Paul Matthew » Sun, 06 May 2001 12:21:20


Quote:

> If he's otherwise well, I don't see how it's a problem that he sounds funny.

A healthy animal has a drastic change like this, and it's nothing?
Swift...I hope someone is that caring when you have a problem with only
one outward symptom.

--
Paul C - Purebred...mix...their tails still wag the same and they'll
still grab your lunch. Scratch an ear anyways.

 
 
 

Squeaky dog

Post by Paul Matthew » Sun, 06 May 2001 12:30:03


Quote:

> Just out of interest, what sort of collar does he have, and is he a puller ?

He wears a ***chain, but it's loose enough to fall off his head when
he wrestles w/my pup. He has way more than the recommended two fingers'
space in it. He rarely goes out of the yard, & when he does it's in a
harness so it won't pull on his neck, because he is a strong puller. I
think he's only gone out in it maybe once in the last month though.

I'm thinking he might have a polyp on his vocal cords, or something like
that.

--
Paul C - Purebred...mix...their tails still wag the same and they'll
still grab your lunch. Scratch an ear anyways.

 
 
 

Squeaky dog

Post by Patc » Sun, 06 May 2001 22:03:04



Quote:

> > Just out of interest, what sort of collar does he have, and is he a
puller ?

> He wears a ***chain, but it's loose enough to fall off his head when
> he wrestles w/my pup. He has way more than the recommended two fingers'
> space in it. He rarely goes out of the yard, & when he does it's in a
> harness so it won't pull on his neck, because he is a strong puller. I
> think he's only gone out in it maybe once in the last month though.

It there any possibility he might have got caught on it without you knowing
?

Quote:

> I'm thinking he might have a polyp on his vocal cords, or something like
> that.

Quite possible, that or similar.  Have you booked a vet check to be on the
safe side ?

Patch

 
 
 

Squeaky dog

Post by Patc » Sun, 06 May 2001 22:03:56



Quote:

> > If he's otherwise well, I don't see how it's a problem that he sounds
funny.

> A healthy animal has a drastic change like this, and it's nothing?
> Swift...I hope someone is that caring when you have a problem with only
> one outward symptom.

> --
> Paul C - Purebred...mix...their tails still wag the same and they'll
> still grab your lunch. Scratch an ear anyways.

She has the attitude that sick animals should be done away with, not cured.

Patch

 
 
 

Squeaky dog

Post by Paul Matthew » Mon, 07 May 2001 08:54:50


re: Elaine...

Quote:
> She has the attitude that sick animals should be done away with, not cured.

Yeah, I know, makes you wonder what all she went through as a kid, to
develop that way of thinking...somebody didn't say nite nite one too
many times

--
Paul C - Purebred...mix...their tails still wag the same and they'll
still grab your lunch. Scratch an ear anyways.

 
 
 

Squeaky dog

Post by Paul Matthew » Mon, 07 May 2001 09:08:08


Quote:


> > I'm thinking he might have a polyp on his vocal cords, or something like
> > that.

> Quite possible, that or similar.  Have you booked a vet check to be on the
> safe side ?

They finally took him to the vet this morning, turned out to be a viral
infection. They did xrays, & his lungs were all clouded w/it. He could
hardly bark last night, but he's finally got some meds to clear it up.

--
Paul C - Purebred...mix...their tails still wag the same and they'll
still grab your lunch. Scratch an ear anyways.

 
 
 

Squeaky dog

Post by Patc » Mon, 07 May 2001 20:39:38



Quote:

> > Quite possible, that or similar.  Have you booked a vet check to be on
the
> > safe side ?

> They finally took him to the vet this morning, turned out to be a viral
> infection. They did xrays, & his lungs were all clouded w/it. He could
> hardly bark last night, but he's finally got some meds to clear it up.

> --
> Paul C -

Oh boy, thank goodness he has been seen now - a good warning to others that
a sudden change needs looking into with haste !! Best wishes to the furkid
for a speedy recovery - I guess this will be a case of being very pleased to
hear him give a good strong bark !!!

Patch

 
 
 

Squeaky dog

Post by Jen » Thu, 10 May 2001 06:32:29


Levi, my little soon to be 3 year old ACD is going thru the same thing.  Her
regular barks and shrieks have turn into something like she's sucking
helium:)  Her new shreik is worse than her old one.  Not sure what's up with
her, as she still is "normal" otherwise.

With sping here, it is possible that there is some grass or something in his
throat which is causing him to be sore...  Could he have "clotheslined"
himself on something?

Jen

Quote:

> Any ideas on what would make a dog's bark get hoarser & higher-pitched?
> He doesn't bark excessively, so it's not from making too much noise &
> just having a sore throat.

> In about a month, my mom's ACD mix has gone from having a normal,
> healthy bark to a much higher one, almost like he has laryngitis. He
> also doesn't bark as much as he used to. I'm trying to talk my mom into
> taking him to the vet this weekend, but I'd like to have some ideas of
> anything she should make sure gets checked.

> For information, he's about 3 years old, neutered and aside from this,
> very healthy and energetic. His appetite is good. He's an outdoor dog
> who loves to chase birds & occasionally catches one. He gets kibble with
> a small amount of canned mixed in, & a few biscuits a day. He has no
> problems drinking water or eating, or chewing on toys or my pup's face.
> His pee & poop are the same as always. As long as he's quiet, there's no
> way to tell something's not right.

> Thanks for any help.

> --
> Paul C - Purebred...mix...their tails still wag the same and they'll
> still grab your lunch. Scratch an ear anyways.

 
 
 

Squeaky dog

Post by Jen » Thu, 10 May 2001 06:36:33


Good to hear they found something wrong thats treatable:)

Jen

Quote:



> > > I'm thinking he might have a polyp on his vocal cords, or something like
> > > that.

> > Quite possible, that or similar.  Have you booked a vet check to be on the
> > safe side ?

> They finally took him to the vet this morning, turned out to be a viral
> infection. They did xrays, & his lungs were all clouded w/it. He could
> hardly bark last night, but he's finally got some meds to clear it up.

> --
> Paul C - Purebred...mix...their tails still wag the same and they'll
> still grab your lunch. Scratch an ear anyways.

 
 
 

Squeaky dog

Post by Paul Matthew » Fri, 11 May 2001 00:34:00


Quote:

> Levi, my little soon to be 3 year old ACD is going thru the same thing.  Her
> regular barks and shrieks have turn into something like she's sucking
> helium:)  Her new shreik is worse than her old one.  Not sure what's up with
> her, as she still is "normal" otherwise.

> With sping here, it is possible that there is some grass or something in his
> throat which is causing him to be sore...  Could he have "clotheslined"
> himself on something?

If it happened suddenly, that might be it, but if it's happened over any
amount of time, it's something internal. Either way, if it's not better
or seeing any progress quickly, get her to a vet. Does she go anywhere
she can come into contact with other dogs, like a dog park, walking, or
through the back yard fence? All are places your dog can pick up bugs
from other dogs.

--
Paul C - Purebred...mix...their tails still wag the same and they'll
still grab your lunch. Scratch an ear anyways.

 
 
 

Squeaky dog

Post by Jen » Fri, 11 May 2001 06:25:56


No..she's hasn't been around other dogs since last summer..  She doesnt wear a
collar at all, and she's short enough to run under the wire fences...  She still
does her old bark, she just added her new one..

Jen

Quote:


> > Levi, my little soon to be 3 year old ACD is going thru the same thing.  Her
> > regular barks and shrieks have turn into something like she's sucking
> > helium:)  Her new shreik is worse than her old one.  Not sure what's up with
> > her, as she still is "normal" otherwise.

> > With sping here, it is possible that there is some grass or something in his
> > throat which is causing him to be sore...  Could he have "clotheslined"
> > himself on something?

> If it happened suddenly, that might be it, but if it's happened over any
> amount of time, it's something internal. Either way, if it's not better
> or seeing any progress quickly, get her to a vet. Does she go anywhere
> she can come into contact with other dogs, like a dog park, walking, or
> through the back yard fence? All are places your dog can pick up bugs
> from other dogs.

> --
> Paul C - Purebred...mix...their tails still wag the same and they'll
> still grab your lunch. Scratch an ear anyways.