Hi,

I have a wonderful, black pug named Sparky. He developed a hacking cough and has been diagnoised with a collapsed trachea. Apparently this develops in older dogs, especially pugs. He is being given Prednisone. Sparky is not over weight and hikes with us on a regular basis; he has always been very healthy.
Has anyone had this problem with their pugs? How has it been treated?

I would appreciate any information you may be able to give me.

Sincerely,

Cindy Phelan and Sparky

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My pug has a slight collapse in her trachea. They actually found it while doing an xray of her lungs because she was recovering from aspirarted pneumonia. This led us to see a specaialist and they recommened surgery. Her nostrils were so small and soft palate very long and it caused the damage to her trachea as well as enverting her larynx saccules! She had surgery at age 3 and is a completely different dog.With the surgery she breathes much clearer, is not near as snorty and does'nt pant as easily. All of which help to not but more damage on her trachea. How old is your dog? I know that it can happen when they get older because as a breed in general, they are know to have breathing problems.
It appears one of my pugs has a collapsed trachea, I took him to the vet last week due to a cough. The vet took an x-ray and said "it looks like a collapsed trachea, but lets put him on antibiotics for the cough for two weeks and then we can look at the trachea."  Out of curiosities sake, how much did the surgery cost you? If my boy does have a collapsed trachea I want to get him taken care of asap.
Scot, what happened with your pug?  Surgery was not encouraged for my boy Pumpkin (too old, other logistical problems, post-surgery can be a major problem) and he has lived with this condition for at least the last 18 months.  Takes prednisone on an as needed basis.
He isn't going to have surgery at the moment either, the vet has him on allergy medication and children's cough syrup when he is really bad. I have also been using lemon in water to cut the phlegm  in his throat, that seems to work for immediate relief.
So sorry your pug has this condition too. It is so heartbreaking. My pug was sent home with tranquilizers so when attack occurs. Her prognosis is poor and guarded. I will do everything to keep her here and healthy
Hi our vet bills have been over the top. Haven't had the trach surgery yet, we are waiting to see how she does keeping her calm and cool. Losing weight is a good factor for them. Please keep me posted
Hi my pug had that surgery at age 2 now at three her trachea has totally collapsed . Her prognosis is poor. I am devastated. Doing everything possible to keep her calm and cool. The last and only option would be a tracheostomy which may or may not work.
on fri my pug had real trouble breathing, he is now at the vets and hasnt got a collapsed trachea but he had to much tissue restricting his breathing and summet else hadnt formed properly at the bk of his throat, they also found is back hadnt form corrctly, i went to see him today and he had a tube in his kneck and tomorrow they are goin to block it up and opefully hell breathe through his mouth ...
my vet said the medication route wouldnt work for my pug and needed surgery 1st as last, louie is only 18 months and wanted to give him the best chance
before this i had no indication there was a problem

how is ure pug now as the medication worked ??
my pug, sparky is fine, but his symptoms do still come and go. When they do, I put him back on the meds for a few days.
good luck with your baby!

Cindy
Cindy, the operation for the collapsed trachea went well then? Any information gratefully received, as this operation has been suggested for our elderly boy pug, Pumpkin.
Hi my name is Janis, my 2 year old pug developed breathing problems suddenly. She had her palette shortened, nostrils enlarged, sacculets removed last summer. She seemed okay. Now at 3 she has a collapsed trachea. She has spent the last 5 days in ICU stable now coming home today with tranquilizers. Any thought? She went to the best veterinary hospital in mass. Angel Memorial.Any thoughts would help. Thanks
Hi did your vet recommend a tracheostomy? Good luck

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