Cleopatra is a wonderful, older dog who has a condition known as laryngeal paralysis.
When dogs have this disease, they cannot correctly open their larynx or upper airway which can lead to respiratory distress. This did in fact happen to Cleo. She presented to us in such a severe state that we needed to place an endotracheal tube in her throat and provide her with supplemental oxygen. We then performed a laryngeal “tie-back” procedure. Cleo did very well with us. She went home the next day breathing comfortably on her own. We recently saw Cleo back for a recheck examination. She is doing fantastic!