Collapsed Trachea – Supportive Care


My Pomeranian has been coughing alot so I took him in to see the vet. My vet told me that he has a Collapsed Trachea and gave me some pills to help him. Are there any natural remedies that can help him as well?
Collapsed trachea is an anatomical issue, so care is directed at minimizing inflammation and reducing exposure to anything that exacerbates the problem.  Allergies and environmental irritants can aggravate the membranes of the trachea and cause inflammation which will make the cough worse.  Natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatory supplements such as Inflamzyme can be helpful.  If allergies are suspected as an aggravation – then Only Natural Pet Immune Balance may be beneficial.   Essential fatty acids may be useful as they reduce inflammation and nourish the cells of the tracheal lining.  Switching the diet to an allergy formula food may help some dogs, as well, by reducing the overall “allergen load” on the immune system. 
Using an air filter is also a good idea if you live in a city, smoggy area, or when pollen counts are high.  The goal is to keep inflammation at a minimum and eliminate anything that might irritate the tracheal membranes.
Dogs with collapsed trachea (or susceptibility to it – ie small dogs) should not be walked on a collar, use a harness only.

9 thoughts on “Collapsed Trachea – Supportive Care

  1. After spaying my dog,she started having Resp. problem,the vet told me she has a moderate collapse of the trachea,she”s a toy dog,I”ve got Joulie since 2y,the vet told me,she is more than 7y,after he found a tumor in the mammary gland that has been removed & waiting for the pathology result,The main concern now is her breathing and how can i help her.

  2. My 5 lb toy poodle was just diagnosed with a collapsed trachea. The vet gave him medication that he will need to take long term. I am just nervous and wanted to hear about other families that are living with a dog with a collapsed traches. Do they function in daily life okay? What kinds of special treatment should I give him? Has anyone lost a dog due to this? Please give me your feedback, it is very important to me. Thanks so much. Alyssa.

    1. My dog also has collapsed trachea (for four years). avoid rawhide treats (solid or granulated); avoid dry treats. I find frozen thin apple slices help or even a small amount of popsicle Recently ingested road salt and sent him in 24-7 cough. On low dose steroids. Weaning off. Will be trying product from Native Remedies. Tried Sinu Rite (from same company) in the spring and cough disappeared in 3 days.

      With collapsed trachea, antihistamines caused phlegm back up in throat and had severe choking for 8 hours. I avoid antihistamines and decongestants. I hope this helps. Ritie

    2. I pray your dog is doing alright. We lost our Sadie yesterday to collasped trach. Our hearts are aching and I will pray that you and your pet are doing alright. Yorkie Lover

  3. I’m feeling very sad and concerned about my 3.1lb Yorkie. He was diagnosed with a collapsed trachea and he seems to be suffering a lot. Its so hard to keep him quiet. The doctor’s have prescribed a cough medicine, but we can’t get it in him. I don’t know what to do. Can someone please help me.

  4. My 11yr old Toy Poodle has this. (And my 8yr old, seems to be getting it). I have almost eliminated the cough, with “Pet Cough” tablets containing gufaisen and dextromethoraphan (sp). The label says 1/2 tab every 4hrs., which didn’t help. So after a week I increased to 1 tab every 6hrs. Also holistic med called Drosera Rotundifolia, 2 tiny pills, am & pm. I also give her a CoQ10 (heart/lungs), a Resveratrol (Japanese Knotweed ONLY–no grapes/wine) anti-inflammatory for lungs, 1/2 a Dasuquin MSM, 1/2 Turmeric w/NAC & Milkweed extract, every day. EFAC (Esterfied Fatty Acid Cap) 1/4 cap every other day and Plaque OFF. I brush her teeth daily and also use Petzlife Oral Gel. So far, so good. When I took another poodle to my vet for this, years ago, all he gave me was some type of tranquilizer that made the poor dog sleep, drink and pee all over the house. THANK GOD for the internet, so I can research this stuff myself and choose the best treatment (natural) for my precious pets. She could probably use a dental cleaning, as she has a tiny bit of tartar on her very back molars, but I am paranoid after reading that sometimes a careless tech will shove the anesthesia tube in improperly. Therefore, I am trying to do it myself with the Plaque Off & Petzlife gel. I must say, it certainly is a relief, to not have to listen to my little baby hack away, nite and day, now.

  5. My Yorkie suffers from collapsing trachea. He was perscribed a steriod and an antibiotic which did help him.

    Here’s how to administer the pills easily:

    1. Take a clear thick glass. Tip the glass sideways and carfully crush the pill with a spoon. Be very careful not to lose any of the pill. Now the pill is in powder form.
    2. Take a small amount of peanut butter and mix it in the glass with the powdered pill.
    3. Scoope the peanut butter and pill mixture onto your finger.
    4. Gently open your dogs mouth and swipe the peanut butter mixture onto the inside of his teeth.
    5. To make sure he gets all of his medicine – I wipe the glass clean with a little more peanut butter and give that to him.
    6. Your dog will slowly lick and swallow all of his medicine.

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