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Tracheal Collapse

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Article about Tracheal collapse in Dogs

Tracheal collapse is a progressive disease of the cartilages of the airway. Although it is typically an irreversible, progressive condition in small breed dogs, many pets can be managed medically long-term. Tracheal stents can be placed in dogs with severe disease that progresses significantly despite medical management. Tracheal stents are not a cure for tracheal collapse, will not replace medical management, and will not prevent the cough resulting from tracheal collapse. A tracheal stent can reduce life-threatening episodes of cough and collapse resulting from this condition.

Medical management:

  • Cough suppressants
  • Corticosteroids
  • +/- bronchodilators
  • +/- antibiotics
  • Sedatives


Reduces episodes of collapse
Augments medical management
No incision required
Can fracture/break
Can promote fibrosis and/or infection

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