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 Post subject: Remedies for easing cough for dog with collapsed trachea
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 2:27 pm 
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Hey you all, Chew is under the weather again with crazy cough attacks that make it difficult for him to breathe during the attack, and sleep well through the night. He gets these 2 to 4 week bouts every year for some or the other reason. (he was diagnosed with collapsing trachea about 4 years ago when he was 6)

The med from the vet (tussigon) used to work sometimes but isnt working anymore.

Here is what we have tried so far
Benadryl - worked mildly one day
eucalyptus oil massage - didn't do anything.
hylands baby cough syrup - just got this today and its a pain to get him to take some, mixed it with sweetened almond milk and he drank a bit.

spoke to his vet and they say he might need a specialist to look at him if the meds are not working.

I will be very thankful for any suggestions and ideas

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 Post subject: Re: Remedies for easing cough for dog with collapsed trachea
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:28 pm 
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Do you think that it is a seasonal/weather related thing? Maybe a humidifier or something like that would help?

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 Post subject: Re: Remedies for easing cough for dog with collapsed trachea
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 4:38 pm 
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Poor Chewie!!!! Our thoughts are with you and I hope you find a solution to make Chewie more comfy.

We do a humidifier in the bedroom when my daughter is coughing and I think it helps, so I am seconding Moon's recommendations!

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 Post subject: Re: Remedies for easing cough for dog with collapsed trachea
PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:20 pm 
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thanks guys. I have a humidifier in the bedroom. I am getting another one for the living area as he keeps moving around.
It seems to have started when the temps dipped below freezing suddenly.
We are also keeping the heater much lower esp at night so that it doesnt dry out the air too much, and keeping windows open for a bit as its been raining and humid out. Nothing seems to be helping.

We will be meeting with a specialist next Thursday and there is nothing his vet can do except cough suppressant meds.

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 Post subject: Re: Remedies for easing cough for dog with collapsed trachea
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Poor Chewie!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Remedies for easing cough for dog with collapsed trachea
PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:30 am 
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Oh!! poor Chewie!!

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 Post subject: Re: Remedies for easing cough for dog with collapsed trachea
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 3:02 pm 
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My previous dog had a collapsing trachea for years. Even though it takes a while to work, I gave him a supplement that had glucosamine, chrondotin (I know that's not vegan), and MSM. I think it was supposed to work by building up the cartilage in the trachea's rings. I don't know how it worked, but it did help his "goose honk" cough. He still would do it occasionally, but it was vastly improved after a couple of months of supplementation. I kept giving him the supplement throughout his life and it did seem to keep that issue under control.

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 Post subject: Re: Remedies for easing cough for dog with collapsed trachea
PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:12 pm 
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Whovian wrote:
My previous dog had a collapsing trachea for years. Even though it takes a while to work, I gave him a supplement that had glucosamine, chrondotin (I know that's not vegan), and MSM. I think it was supposed to work by building up the cartilage in the trachea's rings. I don't know how it worked, but it did help his "goose honk" cough. He still would do it occasionally, but it was vastly improved after a couple of months of supplementation. I kept giving him the supplement throughout his life and it did seem to keep that issue under control.


Yes Chewie has been on the supplement for more than 6 months now. He does not cough much with activity or getting excited. He probably got an infection this last november or inflammation because of the weather or something and we didnt interrupt the cycle early enough. He had started coughing without a trigger during the day and we should have given him more and continuous cough suppressant. 2 weeks of steroids in December broke the cycle, plus keeping the house super cold. He is back to playing fetch this month.

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 Post subject: Re: Remedies for easing cough for dog with collapsed trachea
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I'm glad he's feeling better. I don't know if you do this, but I also used a harness with my dog instead of a collar to reduce pressure on his trachea.

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 Post subject: Re: Remedies for easing cough for dog with collapsed trachea
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:56 am 
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There are lots of other options for prescription antitussives to help the cough and he may need to be on an anti-inflammatory as well as once the trachea becomes inflamed from all the coughing, it spurs more coughing. Hopefully the specialist has experience using other cough suppressants, such as butorphanol, hycodan or diphenoxylate. In dogs that cannot be controlled with medications, a tracheal stent is usually the last option. This involves placing a rigid stent in the trachea, which keeps the tracheal rings from being able to collapse. It comes with risks and potential complications but definitely helps lots of dogs live longer, cough free lives. I am a vet tech at a specialty hospital in Florida and we see lots of dogs with tracheal collapse and we generally can medically manage them with a combination of meds and place plenty of stents as well. One major thing that a lot of people don't consider is the effect of weight on this condition. It's incredibly important to keep your pup at a lean body condition as being overweight taxes the respiratory system and definitely causes issues with tracheal collapse. Best of luck with your little guy, I hope the specialist has great ideas for helping him!


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