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Police Hero or Dog Rescuer? Both!

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scrappy-laryngeal-paralysisWe animal lovers know the feeling when your pet is sick and you feel helpless.  Well, imagine if your dog is struggling to breathe, desperately gasping for what could be his last breath while you're otherwise helplessly racing to get him to the vet!

One Texas woman didn’t have to imagine this horrific scenario — it actually happened to Carolina and her 13-year-old dog, Scrappy, who had recently been diagnosed with Laryngeal Paralysis.

She "put the pedal to the metal" and was stopped by a patrolling Dallas police officer, who by the way has a series of (crime) prevention tips on YouTube - a kindred spirit for us at Preventive Vet - anyway, he didn't miss a beat. He grabbed Scrappy and took both of them to the Animal ER, stat! Likely saving Scrappy’s life, and definitely saving Carolina quite a bit of distress and anxiety!

What a relief to have come across a police officer who himself is a pet owner and knows the panic and pain both of them were going through. Scrappy is making a full recovery thanks to the quick actions of Carolina, the veterinary team, and Officer Albert Sanchez!

Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

As a side note: if your dog is diagnosed with Laryngeal Paralysis there are treatment options and simple steps you can take to help improve your dog’s breathing function and quality of life. If you suspect your dog suffers from it or don't know, this video will help you. Talk to your veterinarian, or a board-certified veterinary surgeon, about diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

We hope Carolina and Scrappy have many more happy years together. And we hope that Scrappy gets to lick Officer Sanchez’s face one of these days, too!

Topics: Dog Emergency, Dog Behavior, Dog Roar, Laryngeal Paralysis, My dog sounds hoarse, My dog is coughing, Larpar, Raspy breathing, Breathing problems, Respiratory problems, My dog is gagging often, Police Hero, Dog Rescuer

Photo Credit: Preventive Vet

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