July 02, 2020 12:13 PM

As of June 29, MSU's Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (ECCM) operations have modified:

All walk-in patients will be evaluated. Life-threatening cases will be admitted. Cases evaluated as stable will be referred to the client’s primary care veterinarian, other facilities, or other services within the MSU Hospital, if possible. Monday–Friday, from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., the ECCM Service will operate as a “referral only” service. However, walk-in patients with critical illness or immediately life-threatening problems will always receive care. Referring veterinarians should call 517-353-5420 prior to sending any patients to MSU. View the Hospital's full web page.

The GOLPP study group is working to identify and characterize GOLPP, formerly known as idiopathic laryngeal paralysis.

GOLPP is a common clinical condition affecting geriatric, large-breed dogs in which the laryngeal innervation degenerates over time.

Affected dogs exhibit respiratory stridor, exercise intolerance, dyspnea, throat clearing, and may even collapse. Treatment includes surgical correction to relieve breathing, and is generally very successful. The most common post-operative risk is aspiration pneumonia.

Studies at MSU have shown that esophageal function is also affected in these dogs. It is suspected that a similar neurodegenerative process causes both laryngeal and esophageal changes. As esophageal function deteriorates, risk of post-op aspiration pneumonia increases. Over time, affected dogs will invariably progress to show generalized neurologic deterioration, initially most notable in their hind limbs. Overall, it appears idiopathic laryngeal paralysis is in fact part of a progressive generalized neuropathy. Due to these findings, it was determined the disease might be better termed geriatric onset laryngeal paralysis polyneuropathy, or 'GOLPP.'

To further investigate this condition, MSU is conducting additional clinical research. The safety and wellbeing of our study participants are the most important considerations and will always prevail.