What it is: Collapsed trachea refers to a progressive, chronic condition that involves the narrowing of the tracheal tube that delivers oxygen to the lungs. Nutritional issues, obesity, and respiratory infections can contribute to the condition in middle-aged dogs. Toy breeds may be born with the condition.
- Breathing problems
- Dry, honking cough
- Rapid breathing or abnormal breathing sounds
- Bluish-colored membranes
- Inability to exercise
- Sudden loss of consciousness
Treatment: Depending on the severity of the condition, surgery may be required. Medications that suppress coughing, reduce inflammation and open the small airways can help with treatment, as can sedatives to control excitement and anxiety. Many dog insurance plans cover the cost of collapsed trachea treatment, including surgery.
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