What are the treatment options for GOLPP?
Like many conditions, there are surgical and non-surgical options. Surgery for laryngeal paralysis involves opening up the larynx by “tying back” the cartilage on one side to allow for air flow. This immediately helps the dog breath easier. However, because the airway is now always open, the risk of aspiration pneumonia is increased. Signs of aspiration pneumonia include fever, inapethy (lack of appetite) and lethargy. This is a medical emergency and vet care should be sought immediately. The surgery, however, does not address the progressive polyneuropathy.
Whether a dog has had surgery for GOLPP or not, rehabilitation can help. The focus is on strength training, balance and body awareness. Often part of the program is treating pain as many older dogs of arthritis as well.