collapsing trachea

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  • Dec 18th, 2018 5:29 pm
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Aug 29, 2001
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Water loo

collapsing trachea

I have a old (guessing 12 years?) 5lb chihuahua that has been more and more coughing like he has a giant hairball. After some googling it appears he has a collapsing trachea.

Does anyone have any treatment recommendations? lof of online recommendations are "go to the vet", and I'm guessing they will charge me a good amount to tell me they can't do anything about it.
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Apr 25, 2011
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British Columbia
Just because the dog is coughing does not mean it is due to collapsing trachea. It could be something else entirely, like heart failure. Go to the vet.
Apr 19, 2018
349 posts
Kitchener/Waterloo, …
Diagnosis isn't something to be done by amateurs. If you like your dog, get a professional opinion from a trusted vet. Good ones don't need to run a battery of tests to get an idea of what you are dealing with. Your pet may had something that is treatable or controllable. If not, at least you'll know and can make an informed decision.
Nov 13, 2018
6 posts
I'm very sorry. I have a dog with tracheal paralysis, whose symptoms are very similar. Surgery in either disease is rather tricky, even when the dog is a good surgical candidate, and many board-certified surgeons prefer not to do it.

We're just trying to be sensitive to the progression of the disease. We use a tracking harness to take our dog out, since it doesn't place any pressure on her throat. We try to be careful about "dusty" foods or anything that we think might increase the chances for aspiration or irritation. There's not much you can do and it is really hard.
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