I am pretty sure my dog is dealing with tracheal collapse. He is an 8 year old dachshund-terrier mix and he has been gagging for a month now. I have had him to the vet and checked for kennel cough and even had him on a round of antibiotics. My question is this.is there a good supplement to help strengthen the trachea and does anyone have any recommendations? I would need something Brewer’s Yeast free. I was looking at glucosamine supplements but most seem to have that and I know he gets ear infections if I give him anything with even a tiny bit of that in it. I figure I should start him on glucosamine or something similar as it is since he has slipped a disc in the past and should probably strengthen those things now that he is a senior dog. Any brands that are chewy and good for a 24 pound dog would be appreciated! Thank you!
I should also note that I had him on Vetri-disc last year when he slipped his disc and it made him sick. I am unsure of what could have been in it that made him sick but he threw up continually after taking it. When I discontinued it he was fine.
There is no supplement that will help this condition. Most supplements are a waste of money and not all are benign as you noted above.
It will say on the bottle something like:
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
In my opinion you would be better off spending your money on more testing.
So, go back to the vet asap. The first thing you need is a diagnosis. The band aid treatments didn’t work.
He may need an ultrasound and whatever else the vet thinks in necessary to get to the bottom of this and start an effective treatment.
Best of luck
PS: In the meantime, a soft diet (only) may help.
Thanks! I definitely am planning a trip back there. I am super nervous about this as I can’t afford an intensive surgery for him at this time. I hope there are non invasive options to alleviate this issue. He’s not that old so I am crossing my fingers that he can bounce back. He has had a rough year with his disc slip and now this. He is constantly licking his lips like he has something stuck in his mouth. I hope it’s notbing too serious. Such bad timing for his issues right now. 🙁
Hi Ryan K
My Chi will be 15 in 2 days. Yrs ago my vet said his cough was due to his trachea.
He’s been on Temaril P for a few yrs now. It was the only thing that helps with his cough.
I don’t like giving meds for long..but he has to have them. Nothing else really seemed to help him except the temaril.
I’ve heard glucosamine will help build the his trachea, so you may just have to find the right one for your sweet boy.
Also never allow smoking around him. No one has been allowed to smoke in my home, car or around my Bubba for 12 yrs now. I don’t burn any scented candles and wash my floors ( and the pet blankets) in dish soap and vinegar. I use an all free laundry soap for clothes and my bed sheets. Smoke, scents and perfumed soaps always triggered a bad cough in him which then aggervated his trachea.
Yrs ago I even had to make him a tent and put the humidifier on him to help him breathe.
I’ve never been so scared in my life!
After changing a lot of things I did, has been what’s helped him the most.
I’m in Louisiana and when it gets humid here it effects his trachea. I can’t allow him to get hot. You can also give him a few licks of natural honey when the cough is bad. It will soothe his throat.
Kibble straches the throat. Mine haven’t had kibble in yrs. They eat canned, home-cooked,
Hope this helps and good luck with your sweet boy.
Thanks Cathy! I will ask my vet about that specific medication. He’s so sensitive to meds though that I’m really nervous about how he will handle them. When he slipped his disc and was paralyzed he was put on steroids, prevacox and gabapentin and each one made him very sick with vomiting and lethargy. I had to just wind up giving him benedryl to relax him during that awful trauma since all pain meds aside from the steroids (those were ok)just wrecked his stomach. My room always has a humidifier going since my house is so dry so that’s good. I don’t smoke or allow smokers in the house so that’s a plus. I might try that tented humidifier idea. That’s smart. I know that my cousin has a little girl with asthma and when her cough gets bad they steam up the shower really good and sit in there for 10 to 20 mins and she calms down. I should give that a try!
Thank you again! I might just buy some chewy glucosamine treats just to see if he likes them and to help build up some joint and cartilage strength. Hopefully my little guy is ok. He’s such a sweet dog too. Breaks my heart. 😢
Yes, it does break you heart! You always want them to stay happy and healthy. You’re on the right track already! Yes, try the bathroom steam and see if that helps.
If it gets too bad, you may have to at least try the temaril P and see if it helps.
It’s been a miracle pill for this one.
Always sit with him if you do the tent. Don’t walk away. The steam fills up quick and that area will get hot. I don’t leave the area completely covered. I’ve had to do the tent thing about 4 times and it helped.
I believe coq10 helps too. I bought Dr. Harvey’s a while back and think I’ll place another order.
And you’re very welcome, Ryan! 🙂
If this has been going on for a while (sounds like it has) then based on my experience, I might be inclined to go directly to a specialist (internal medicine veterinarian). Especially if the symptoms have not been alleviated by the regular vet within a reasonable amount of time.
Over the years I have found that sometimes it is cost effective, as the regular vets are not cheap either and often they don’t have the expertise or the equipment to diagnose.
I recently had a traumatic event (injury) with one of my dogs, went to the regular vet immediately, times two, only to be referred to the specialist. So, I feel like that money spent was in vain. Plus, the dog was uncomfortable for 3 additional days.
Next time, I will go directly to the emergency vet.
PS: I understand your financial concerns. There is never a good time for these things to happen.
Did you ever find out what the licking is about?
My dog does the same thing and he also has Turquia problems
Try some good biskets as like parle and tigers for dongs, it’s also a good food for dogs.
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