Also known as the windpipe, the trachea is the part of the respiratory system that carries air from the nose and mouth to the airways in the lungs. It is made of rings of cartilage that form a tube. If the cartilage rings of the trachea weaken, they can collapse and cause the airway to narrow, making breathing difficult.
Chronic bouts of coughing that tend to worsen with exercise, excitement, and eating or drinking.
Abnormal breathing sounds
Bluish tinge to the gums
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
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
Exposure to cigarette smoke
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.