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Bethany Hornthal
Change in Bark Tone
Thu Jul 6, 2017 12:35am

Grace, I'm glad you're calling the vet. A sudden change in bark tone is a symptom that can be an indicator of a number of issues - especially in an older dog. It can be due to swelling or inflammation from an infection, a foxtail, or an obstruction from a growth. It can also be a neurological issue - causing a form of laryngeal paralysis - especially in older dogs. Retrievers are one of the breeds more prone to this. Our border collie lab, Domino. - who lived to be 17.5 years old (she was with us prior to our doodles - one of whom, Snickerdoodle is just about 13 and the other one - Cleopetra from Moss Creek is 8.5) had this issue crop up when she was about 13. In her case it was originally diagnosed as a form of paralysis. At 16 we discovered a tumor in her esophagus.
The good news is that she was quite long lived - despite either or both of these issues. So call the vet and let him/her give you a proper diagnosis.
Wishing you and Austin all the best news and outcomes.

  • Change In Bark ToneGrace (Austin), Wed Jul 5 5:22pm
    Hi everyone, just a quick question. Austin, who is now 11, has had a sudden change in the tone of his bark. Over the past couple of days its become a deep, almost throaty bark. Does anyone have an... more
    • Change in Bark ToneDonna/Myka, Thu Jul 6 11:52am
      Hi Grace, I'm saying a little prayer for Austin. Please let us know how his check-up turned out with his vet. Myka sends Austin get well licks!! Love, Donna
    • Change in Bark Tone — Bethany Hornthal, Thu Jul 6 12:35am
      • Austin and all the Golden Doodles terry fine, Thu Jul 6 8:32am
        It's strange, I'm 73 and Dylan is three and my desire is to not OUTLIVE Dylan. I hope Austin is going to be OK. I trust my vet, Dr. Terry at Bradenton River Animal Clinic. If the diagnosis is not... more
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