Dog with Collapsed, Narrow Trachea
by Rudi P.
(Ocean View, Queensland, Australia)
X-Ray #1 - Dog with Collapsed, Narrow Trachea
A few months ago we saw a change in our dog Easy's breathing. We know he snores a lot, but the breathing became heavier, noisier.
We went a few times to local vet clinics, but they mostly said the same... "Little dogs have this breathing issue a lot." That was it.
Because we love our fury little "person", we were not happy with those results.
A month ago we went again to yet another vet. They x-rayed Easy and saw that a part of his trachea was narrow. But they said that with a collapsed trachea, most of the time the dogs will cough. But we never heard him coughing. What he has is reversed sneezing.
Easy is a 6 year old male long haired Chihuahua. He has a good healthy appetite, doesn't drink a lot of water, has a normal colour of poo, plays a lot, but is very quickly out of breath. He suffers from the heat quicker than he used to.
Easy is wearing a harness when we have a walk and has to wear a tick collar and we spray him twice an anti tick spray. We live in Queensland, Australia where it is warm and humid and therefore tick heaven.
Easy licks and swallows a lot and sometimes has bad breath. There is nothing wrong with his teeth according the last vet.
So now Easy has to inhale Flixotide Junior Inhaler. One or two puffs a day. I don't like the fact that this medicine has a low percent of cortisone.
Above you will find two x-ray pictures so you have an idea what the story is.
Easy eats very healthy, lots of veggies, very lean meat, chicken and fish. He prefers raw carrots over nice lean meat.
We just added a supplement to his diet and that is glucosamine.
My questions are as follows:
- Can we restore the cartilage rings in his trachea with natural supplements?
- Is there something else maybe homeopathic we can give easy instead of the Flixotide?
- What do you suggest we could do?
Please could you give us some information / advice to help our little man. He is only 6 years old. It is sad hearing him breathing like that.
I really would appreciate your help.
Thank you very much
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