A group at the University of Wisconsin Vet school is trying to determine the specific genetic mutations involved in Laryngeal Paralysis.
They would like to collect saliva swabs from affected Labrador and Golden Retrievers and un-affected dogs 12 yr and older. (Not 11.5.)
Laryngeal paralysis is a disease that most commonly affects older (9-13+ years) Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers, although other breeds can also be affected. The condition results in dogs having difficulty with breathing and mobility, which can become life-threatening.
Laryngeal paralysis is most commonly the result of a generalized progressive neurologic disease, meaning that the condition affects many nerves in the body, not just the nerve associated with the larynx (voice box).
Although we now know the condition is genetic (inherited), the specific gene mutation(s) is not known. This study focuses on understanding the genetic mutation(s) that results in laryngeal paralysis and the changes nerves undergo as a result of the disease.
My dog Zeke was affected at 12 yrs and is part of the study. Please consider helping with the study, especially with the healthy old dogs (who likely don't carry the mutation.)