Minimally Invasive Interventional Therapy for Treatment of Collapsing Trachea
Tracheal collapse is a debilitating respiratory disease most often seen in older small and toy-breed dogs (Pomeranian, miniature and toy poodle, Yorkshire Terrier, Chihuahua, Pug) in which changes to the tracheal ring cartilage leads to collapse of the trachea during respiration. Signs may range from a mild, intermittent “honking” cough to severe respiratory distress. Any or all portions of the respiratory tree can be affected. For early and mild cases, various combinations of anti-inflammatories and cough suppressants can be quite effective in alleviating the respiratory signs. In addition, weight loss, exercise restrictions, and elimination of airborne irritants (e.g. cigarette smoke) can both alleviate symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.
For dogs that fail medical management, tracheal stents represent a new minimally invasive treatment option. The tracheal stent is placed non-surgically in a patient under anesthesia through the mouth and once inserted, it holds the tracheal open through outward radial force. If you are interested in having your pet evaluated to see it qualifies for this new therapy option, please make an appointment with our internal medicine service by calling (225) 578-9600.