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This list is for owners of dogs with laryngeal paralysis (LP). We're here to offer our support and let you know what your options are as you decide what to do. Unilateral tieback surgery by an EXPERIENCED Board-certified surgeon is usually the best option if your dog is in otherwise good health, but there are certain medical conditions that would contraindicate surgery. While this list does tend to be pro-surgery, we will definitely support you in whatever decision you make.
It has come to my attention that people who only read the public archives and don't join the list may get a sense that the majority of our LP dogs have bad surgical outcomes. Please let me assure you that that is NOT true! I don't have hard figures, but I would say that the success rate after LP surgery performed by a competent surgeon is 90% or better! In fact, we have a database set up that's available only to members, and the vast, vast majority of the people are glad they had LP surgery performed. Unfortunately, the many people who have had dogs who have sailed through surgery and had a totally smooth recovery don't seem to post much afterwards. I guess they're just out there enjoying their dog's new life with them, as they should be! :)))
Become a member of the LP group and get access to databases on dogs and surgeons, as well as files relating to surgical options, recommended surgeons and much more helpful info on LP!
Sandy is pictured waiting for a canned food meatball (dipped out with a melon ball scoop) just a few days after surgery! She had a completely successful unilateral tieback at the age of 12y 3m and lived for just over 4 yrs after her surgery. She had more stamina at 16 than she'd had at 11, before LP was diagnosed!
This list is a tribute to Sandy and all the LP dogs who have followed in her pawprints.
- Aug 29, 1998
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