Posted by: BONNIE | 2008/08/19



My Pug is 11 Years old and suffering from a Narrowing Windpipe and Colapsing Trachea. Every now and then her Coughing is so bad that you cannot stand it and I have to take her to the Vet. She also passed out this morning when starting Coughing. They only injects her with a Steriod (Predinosolene), Millophyline and Latex. Is there any Cure or alternative treatment for this Condition??? And preventing her from getting this BAD, Bad Cough??

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Dear Bonnie

Is your dog alive after the latex injection? Ask your vet to use lasix next time.

The best treatment is a combination of Fortekor (ACE inhibitor), frusemide (Lasix) and you can use Millophyline daily if needed. Corvetal-D is also used to open the airways a bit. The vets in SA normally use a human form of Corvental-D as I am not sure if available here.

This is long term medication and may make it better but not cure this condition.

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Posted by: Chill | 2008/08/19

Has there been an official diagnosis of a collapsing trachea? It' s quite hard to diagnose, because they have to do a scope or x-ray at the moment it' s happening, or they won' t really know.

Talk to your vet about a drug called Theophylline, which is used in humans for asthma. I' ve had very good results with that. If your vet thinks it' s worth a try, you' ll have to fiddle around with the dosage, because the drug sometimes makes the dog quite hyped-up - it' s in the same group of things as caffeine - so give the biggest dose in the morning. As long as you don' t exceed the maximum, you can tweak it to suit.

Another thing: coughs beget coughs - if a dog has to cough (or a human, for that matter) the very act of couging can set up an irritation which provokes more coughs. So sometimes an anti-inflammatory can improve matters - in fact, if your vet agrees with the theophylline idea, ask if you can get one or two Rimadyl tablets at the same time, and give him a quarter a day for a couple of days, to help settle things down.

Let us know what happens - if you try it, I' d be interested to hear if it works as well for you as it did for me! My dog is completely off all medications now, and I' m truly amazed at the difference it made. He' s 15 years old and I thought we were heading for the Big Downhill - but he has a whole new lease on life now!

By the way, do you mean Latex, or Lasix?

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