GOLPP - Geriatric Onset Laryngeal Paralysis and Polyneuropathy

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What is GOLPP?

GOLPP, is a neurological condition that affects older dogs. A dog will start to have difficulty breathing and progressive weakness starting in the hind legs, then progressing to the front legs.

Geriatric Onset – occurs in older dogs, usually between the ages of 8 and 13.

Laryngeal Paralysis – the nerves of the larynx stop working. The larynx cartilages protect the lungs by closing when the dog is eating or drinking and opening for breathing. With laryngeal paralysis, the larynx cartilages become floppy and don’t open and shut properly making it difficult for a dog to breath and increases the risk of food or drink entering the lungs.

Polyneuropathy – loss of function of the peripheral nerves (not the spinal cord) that control the limb muscles. Owners will notice the hind legs affected first – weakness, stumbling, dragging toes. It is not painful.

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