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Can a Dog's "voice" change?
delight203 posted:
My dog seems to have a deeper bark lately. Can a dog's voice change? The only other way I can think to describe it is that it sounds like when a human has a cold/gunky stuff in their chest, that is how it sounds when she barks. Maybe she just has a bit of a cold....if that is even possible in dogs. She seems to be fine otherwise. Eating/drinking/potty breaks/energy level, all seem to be normal. She is a 60lbs lab/shepherd mix. Just wondering what others might think regarding this.

Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hi Delight203,

Has your dog been barking alot lately? Changes in the throat particularly and sometimes the airways could change the tone. No coughing? Swallowing difficultly? I would think most problems would make the bark harsher rather than deeper, however it could be a sign of something abnormal. At your next physical exam, mention the change to your veterinarian so they can take a close look at these areas. For peace of mind, particularly if you notice more changes, do make an apppointment with your veterinarian. Subtle changes such as the tone of bark could be significant.

Dr, Sandy


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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