Collapsed Trachea


  • Chronic bouts of coughing that tend to worsen with exercise, excitement, and eating or drinking.
  • Rapid breathing
  • Abnormal breathing sounds
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Low energy
  • Bluish tinge to the gums
  • Fainting
  • Obesity, exposure to dust and smoke, and humid weather can cause symptoms to worsen. The sound of the cough of a dog with a collapsed trachea makes is very distinct. It is most often described as a harsh, dry cough that sounds similar to a honking goose

    Common Causes: 

    Trachea problems in dogs are usually congenital, meaning the dog is born with weak cartilage in the trachea. Since the condition is progressive, symptoms typically worsen over time. The average age where dogs begin to show signs is about 6 to 7 years old. Some other causes could be:

  • Chronic respiratory diseases
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • Exposure to cigarette smoke
  • Natural Remedies:

    Use a harness instead of a collar to avoid putting pressure on your dog’s windpipe. If your dog is overweight, modify their diet to keep their weight in check and reduce respiratory effort. Avoid using aerosols around your pet. Make sure your dog’s environment is well ventilated.

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