How can I help my dog with a collapsed trachea?
Most dogs with tracheal collapse can be treated with medications and preventative care, such as weight loss, using a harness for walks, and avoiding airway irritants. Once the vet makes a diagnosis, they may prescribe medication to manage coughing and inflammation.
Do dogs with collapsed trachea suffer?
With severe tracheal collapse, the condition can become a serious, life-threatening problem complicated by spells of severe respiratory distress. Bouts of severe coughing and respiratory distress negatively affect the prognosis.
How can I calm my dogs collapsed trachea?
Bronchodilators (e.g., theophylline, terbutaline, or albuterol) – these medications can widen small airways within the lungs, which eases the pressure put on the trachea. Sedatives (e.g., butorphanol or acepromazine) – when dogs become anxious or excited their symptoms often get worse. Light sedation can help.
How long can a dog live with collapsing trachea?
A dog with a collapsing trachea will survive for up to two years after being diagnosed. A dog’s survival with this disease can be doubled to 4 years or more with surgical operations. You can help a dog live a longer life by taking extra precautions to help them treat their symptoms.
How do I know if my dog has tracheal collapse?
Unfortunately, there is no way to cure a dog’s collapsing trachea. Therefore, it is important to continue with the treatments recommended by your veterinarian and to closely monitor your dog’s condition. If at any time you notice your dog’s cough or other symptoms getting worse, call your veterinarian for advice.
How serious is a collapsed trachea in dogs?
The condition causes mild to severe obstruction of a dog’s airway that results in coughing and other symptoms. Tracheal collapse can progress to become life-threatening, so it’s important to get your dog checked out by a vet right away if you suspect they are showing symptoms of a collapsed trachea.
How much does it cost to treat tracheal collapse?
The cost for placement of a tracheal stent at the VHC, including hospitalization and other associated charges, is typically between $4,500 and 5,500, as of June 2019. There is no form of treatment for tracheal collapse that comes without possible complications.