Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum and unfortunately have bad news about our 12 yr. old yellow lab, Oliver. Today I found out that my "number one son" (he became part of our family before our human son), has laryngeal paralysis. I took Oliver to the vet because recently he had been breathing very heavily and even panting (and that was just when he was excited b/c it was our family's dinnertime) and also seemed to slow down a lot on our walks. I thought (hoped) it was just a sign of old age but no such luck. Anyway, we are feeling very down about this diagnosis (confirmed by anesthetizing Oliver and using a scope and camera to check his throat) and wonder if anyone out there has had any experience with this (good or bad). Oliver has been healthy all his life and has the heart and soul of a puppy still (when he's not sleeping), so we're shocked that this could mean a sad end to our boy. I don't think we would do the tie-back surgery that I've read about due to his age and the limited success rate with older dogs. Any thoughts?