Hoarse / raspy bark

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Hoarse / raspy bark

Post by nbwarner07 » 17 Jun 2020, 04:38

I noticed a change in my 1 & 1/2 year old mini's bark a few months ago. It persisted, so I took him to the vet, and he was given a course of antibiotics to rule out infection. There was no change, so he was then given a 10-day course of steroids, in case inflammation was the cause. The steroids also had no effect, and if anything, the raspiness is more pronounced. Has anyone's schnauzer ever had this? It's not with every bark, but I hear it several times a day. It's a gravelly, raspy sound that is quite noticeable when he's doing it. Also, he "fake yawns" a lot when he's relaxing, and sometimes chokes or makes gurgling sounds in his throat. He doesn't act ill, but I think there is something in his throat. The vet thinks he's too young for it to be a tumor, but hasn't said what else she thinks it might be. An endoscopy would be the next step, but due to the expense I've ruled that out for now. Any ideas or experience with this? It's been going on for about 3-4 months now.

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Re: Hoarse / raspy bark

Post by Oscar 12345 » 17 Jun 2020, 10:53

Hi Natalie, poor boy, I have no experience of this. I assume you use a harness when out walking, just thinking that a collar might be causing a problem. You say it happened a few months ago, was it with the onset of warmer weather, was thinking it might be dust/allergy but the steroids would have improved that wouldn't they. I think I would follow your instinct, you know your dog and get a second opinion from another vet/specialist before going down the route of further investigation and follow their advice. Hope you find out what it is.
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