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Old 06-17-2017, 07:24 PM
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Collapsed Trachea

My seven year old Maltese was diagnosed with a collapsed trachea. A year or so ago about one month ago he had a TERRIBLE episode where he completely collapsed and turned blue went into crises and had to be at the hospital to recover. Because he is a little fighter he made it through and has gotten much better. He is now on two different medications to help with inflammation and to open the airways. Also he is on hydrocodone as a cough suppressant as needed. He seems happy and so badly wants to healthy and be the dog he was and it's hard to see him get excited then realize he can't get like that because he starts to hack and cough. My question is has anyones dog ever had a full collapse like mine? I know many dogs get the collapsed trachea but I'm not sure how many have actual had a collapse and survived. I want to know if theirs is a life expectancy or if he is possibly uncomfortable or in pain. It doesn't seem that he is and the vets say he can still have a quality life but when we ask how long he has they kinda shrug and say like hopefully a few years, which is heartbreaking. Please share your stories, thank you in advance. Also please be careful if your dog is diagnosed. If we would have known this could've happened we would have done so many things differently for him. but vets always made it seem as though it wasn't serious. The problem is it's not very serious, until it is.
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Our Pup Nemo has a collapsed trachea(He is a Pomeranian) it is VERY common for small dogs like the Maltese and Pom to have a trachea collapse..he was diagnosed in was minor, cough here, cough could tell by the cough it was not a big issue, not forced..but in November it got very bad, he was put on Torbatol(I assume that is what your pup is on) let me tell you..just be aware that sometimes the cough can be from the trachea, and sometimes it can be coming from the lung so PLEASE get your pup checked with a cardiologist from time to time to check the pulmonary pressure, and to check his heart(For heart murmur)..we didnt know..he was coughing like crazy even with the meds for months and in late March was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension..the cough itself is not the issue, its what it does to the heart muscle, coughing and coughing weakens the heart muscle and hurts the long as his heart/lungs are fine absolutely he can live a very very long life, just dont give too much of that torbatol, ONLY when needed, it caused Nemo to get inflammation of the stomach eventually(He has tummy issues too so it was a given since its a steroid) wishing you all the best trust me I know what your going through
Edit: Our Pup does better with the cough in the warmer months, some do better in cooler temps but Ive noticed he does MUCH better when its warmer, more humid

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Old 06-18-2017, 04:15 PM
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I know that small dogs seem to be more prone to a collapsed trachea, than larger ones. I know of a couple of Pom's that had it. One, it was very noticeable, and I'm sure uncomfortable, despite treatment. Unfortunately that dog died a couple of years ago, possibly from complications of her collapsed trachea.
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