Posted : 9/11/2012 12:01:55 PM
((( HUGS))); Hopefully, I can help you and ease your mind somewhat. Jessie will be 14 next month and was diagnosed with LP in the summer of 2009, when she was 10. No vet can predict the outcome; each dog is different. Her LP has been progressing slowly and she has not needed surgery. If it ever affects her quality of life to where she doesn't have the energy to go for her walks, then we'll have the surgery done. What types of surgery are done in Thailand; I ask because in this country they do a unilateral tieback and the success rate is 90%. This surgery has fewer complications than older procedures. It is extremely important to have a surgeon who is very well experienced with LP surgery do the surgery when or if your dog needs it.
weakness in the limbs isn't *all* due to arthritis (it could be, or not). LP does lead to neurological degeneration and can cause weakness in hind limbs. I've noticed how he drags his left hind sometimes but stumbles over the front.
LP doesn't necessarily mean your dog has a neurological disorder; Jessie has been examined by a veterinary neurologist and has no signs of a neuropathy .Any dog can experience muscle loss in their rear legs as they get older. The best way to prevent this is by regular exercise. Jessie is walked at least 30 minutes daily.
There is a forum for owners of dogs with LP; LP : for owners of dogs who have laryngeal paralysis
The people on this group are very supportive and can help. Many of them have been through the surgery with their dogs and can answer questions you have about it. Dogs with LP can have aspiration pneumonia; Jessie had a mild case 2 years ago. She acted fine, normal appetite, but had developed a cough so I took her to my vet. A cbc and xrays confirmed pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics and recovered quickly.
Edited to add; The only real way to diagnose LP is to have a surgeon examine Ashton's larynx while he's under very light sedation. If too much anesthesia is used, the sides of the larynx won't move, so you need someone who knows what they're doing. Jessie also has chronic bronchitis, a condition which can also cause wheezing. That is diagnosed by xrays ; there will be interstitial patterns in the lungs. It is not an infection and white blood cell count will be normal.