Golden Retriever with a trachea collapse. WHat could I do?

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Old 06-14-2019, 06:44 AM
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Golden Retriever with a trachea collapse. WHat could I do?

Hello guys,

So we know our dog (13) suffers from a trachea collapse for some time now. Yesterday our vet said that she will give him a 2 weeks medication, and after that our dog will just keep going down and we will have to chose when to put him asleep.


What I don't understand is that I saw that this disease couldn't be stopped but could be treated to not be fatal.
I mean, isn't there a way to just stop the progression of this thing, so our dog would live ?

I know he's old and he's coming to the end of his life, but we just don't wanna decide, us, when to say goodbye.


Thanks for your help !
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:02 AM
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How long has your vet been treating your dog for his tracheal collapse? Has your vet tried other types of medication? Do you know what medication is going to be tried now?
If your dog is otherwise healthy, maybe you want to consider getting a second opinion.
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Old 06-14-2019, 07:51 AM
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That's what I wanted to know, if a second opinion was needed. I'll try to convince my parents to go to an other vet.
Worth mentionning this same vet told me my cat had a perfect heart and some months later he did a pulmonary embolism due to a bad acting heart. So I don't really trust her anymore.

I don't know at all what kind of medication it is and for how long, this is my parent's dog, I'll try to get the information asap.

He's as healthy as a old dog should be I think, we see that he's geting older that's a fact, but he doesn't seem to be close to leaving us!


I'll keep you updated
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Sorry to hear about your cat. That must have been such a shock losing her like that without warning. Sometimes things can happen quickly! Just like with humans illnesses can hide for some time and suddenly they strike, or things can develop suddenly for no reason.

Your parents must be devastated about the possibility of losing the dog too. They have difficult decisions to make weighing the dog's quality of life, the overall condition of the dog (for example could he survive surgery) and their financial ability and other financial responsibilities!

Yes, please let us know how things develop with this fur-baby!
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Most definitely get a second opinion!
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A dog can live with a trachea collapse for many years. Our Nesmo(Pom mix) was diagnosed with a trachea collapse when he was 8..he died when he was about 16 years old(two years ago we miss him everyday) he didnt really start getting bad til he was about 15 started coughing non stop, eventually weakened his heart til he went into congestive heart failure/pulmonary hypertension..but he was on torbatol to help control the cough, which helped a little but did eventually cause him to have pancreatitis..so sorry that your pup is going through this. I had no idea that even Golden's can have trachea problems thought it was more of a yorkie, pom issue..prayers sent for your sweet pup
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By all means get a second opinion, which is never a bad idea when something potentially serious is going on. A friends Pom had a collapsed, or collapsing trachea for years, and there really wasn't much in the way of direct treatment for it. Part of controlling it, was to do the best you can keeping her from getting too excited, as that will trigger a coughing episode.
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