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#1 of 5 Old 09-08-2006, 02:59 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My dog, Dutch is sounding hoarse when he barks. He isn't coughing or acting sick... but his bark sounds as though he is losing his "voice". Any idea what this could be(he has been barking a bit more lately)? I'm pretty short on money and not sure that I could afford a vet visit right now BUT if this is life threatening, then of course... he'd get there. I'm just wondering if there are any ideas of what's going on and maybe a suggestion on how to help him?
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Dogs can just get hoarse. Is there any possibility that he's been really yelling when you've been gone? I've definitely noticed it after a puppy's screeched all night or when a new dog thought she had to bark all day long at imaginary dangers.

It CAN be a symptom, just like a human's hoarseness can. But it's a bad sign (of kennel cough, cancer, etc.) just about as often as it is in humans--in other words, barring any other symptoms, and as long as he stays happy and healthy acting, I'd let it go for a couple of days before worrying. If it gets much worse, or he starts coughing a ton, then think about escalating your concern.
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what Joanna said and I'll add one more. Try to palpate his throat, feeling along his throat with your fingers and putting light pressure on it--if that makes him cough, he probably has kennel cough--not a huge deal, you'll just want to keep him away from other dogs for a week or two.
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Thank you my dears!

Yes, he has probably been going crazy. We moved and he's been crazy eversince. He needs a major butt kick training session! : He's been bad.

I'll keep my eye on him and try to see if he coughs when I mess with his neck!
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When we first moved, my cocker was howling all day when we were gone so he got hoarse. Luckily, we got another dog to keep him company, and haven't had a problem since. Of course, when he stopped howling, the hoarseness went away.
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