Natural Treatments & Holistic Supplements For Managing Collapsed Trachea
If your dog has been diagnosed with collapsed trachea, there is hope and there is help! Conventional veterinary care is very limited in what it can offer for dogs with tracheal collapse. However, Ask Ariel's time-tested natural treatment for collapsed trachea in dogs has given thousands of small dogs much-needed relief!
Medical management for tracheal collapse (e.g. cough suppressants, bronchodilators, honey) can offer temporary short-term relief for some dogs. However, a holistic approach to strengthen the trachea and reduce the triggers that cause the coughing in the first place (e.g. allergies, poor digestion, etc) will improve the long-term health of your pet and yield far better results. Our holistic treatment for collapsed trachea in dogs has been used successfully since 2005 and is recommended by veterinarians nationwide.
How to Treat Collapsed Trachea in Dogs
- Support the trachea with cartilage building supplements for dogs
- Reduce coughing attacks and the anxiety that can come with them
- Support the heart and overall respiratory system, which decline due to the collapsed trachea condition
- Improve digestion as food allergies and acid stomach irritate the esophagus, increasing coughing and making the collapsed trachea symptoms worse
Our holistic approach combines natural high-quality supplements, diet, and lifestyle changes to manage your dog’s collapsed trachea symptoms and improve their overall quality of life. Below we dig in to exactly what collapsed trachea is, common symptoms, and how our treatment protocol helps dogs find relief.
“This is Buster, adopted from my local shelter 6 years ago. He has a collapsing trachea, so I’ve been giving him Ultra-Flex Collagen, Soothing Digestive Relief, Gastro-ULC and Power Probiotic for about the last 6 months. He has had great relief from his symptoms and the vet said his breathing sounds better than it did 6 months ago! His intermittent diarrhea is no longer a problem either...I’m very pleased with how well these products are supporting Buster’s health.”
What Are The Signs of Collapsed Trachea?
Collapsed trachea is a progressive condition that affects certain small dog breeds such as the Yorkie, Toy Poodles, Maltese, Pomeranian, Chihuahua, Pug and Shih Tzu. Collapsed trachea in dogs can cause coughing, gagging and respiratory problems. Veterinarians may make their diagnoses based on clinical signs, chest and neck x-rays as well as fluoroscopy (a moving x ray).
The first clinical sign typically is a dry cough or honking cough that progresses to difficulty breathing and exercise intolerance. Other signs of tracheal collapse may include coughing, gagging and respiratory problems. Some pet owners may simply notice that their dog starts coughing after drinking water or getting excited. Symptoms seem to get worse with exercise, excitement, eating, drinking, with pressure applied to the trachea (i.e. collar or tugging on leash), or at night time. Symptoms of collapsing trachea can be aggravated by stress, obesity, inflammation, indigestion (stomach acid) and allergies, so it is important to do everything you can to keep your dog's digestion and inflammation under control. While there isn't a natural cure for collapsing trachea, natural remedies for collapsed trachea in dogs can help control the symptoms and help pets feel more comfortable.
In the image below, you can see that the trachea (air tube) and esophagus (food tube) are beside each other. A normal trachea has rings of cartilage that help keep it open. As the rings become weaker and start to collapse, the air tube becomes flatter. Inflammation in the esophagus can push on the trachea, also adding pressure to the cartilage rings. Natural supplements can help to strengthen the tracheal rings and diet changes can help reduce inflammation.
Causes of Collapsed Trachea in Dogs
Genetics is the most common cause of collapsed trachea in dogs, but there are also lifestyle factors that can be controlled. Genetically, some small and toy breed dogs, are born with weaker cartilage in their trachea. As any dog ages, the cartilage can degenerate like bones, joints and connective tissue. Most dogs are over the age of 6 when they are diagnosed with collapsed trachea.
We can't change genetics, but there are several lifestyle choices that can make a huge difference for dogs with collapsed trachea.
See below for more ways that simple (and FREE) lifestyle changes can help your dog find relief from the symptoms of collapsed trachea.
- Indigestion & Acid Reflux - Digestive issues are very common in dogs with tracheal collapse. Chronic indigestion and acid buildup can irritate the esophagus, worsening inflammation and symptoms of collapsed trachea. Some dogs show subtle signs, such as burping, gulping, swallowing sounds, grass eating or lack of appetite.
- Weight Management - It is important to keep your pup at a healthy weight. When a dog is overweight, they exert more energy and need to breath deeper to complete easy tasks. Shorts walks, going up stairs or even walking to the water bowl can trigger a coughing attack in obese dogs.
- Anxiety, Excitement & Overheating - Heat, stress and triggers like a doorbell or a loud noise can trigger coughing, rapid breathing or fainting. It's best to keep your pup in a cool environment and try to minimize encounters that cause excitement.
- Airborne Irritants - We all want our homes to smell fresh. Air fresheners, candles and cleaning solutions can irritate a dog's windpipe and cause coughing attacks. Pets can also be sensitive to cigarette smoke, dust, and other strong fragrances.
How To Manage Your Dog's Collapsed Trachea Symptoms And Coughing
Collapsed trachea symptoms are not caused by one issue. It appears most often in older dogs as age weakens the rings of cartilage. Symptoms can become worse at times due to a combination of factors. You can give your dog collapsed trachea relief by managing these issues.
Below are the most common triggers that can make your dog's collapsed trachea symptoms worse:
- Poor digestion and acid reflux
- Weak trachea
- Heart disease
- Chronic respiratory infections
- Getting over-excited
- Pressure applied to the trachea
- Drinking or eating too quickly
- Food allergies
Natural Treatments For Collapsed Trachea Can Help
Wondering how to treat collapsing trachea in dogs? To give your dog the most collapsed trachea relief, it is important to make lifestyle changes and use a combination of tracheal collapse supplements (depending upon your pet's symptoms) along with feeding the best diet for collapsed trachea. That is why our approach is to try to address as many issues as possible with the different supplements.
The Ask Ariel Collapsed Trachea Treatment Plan
There is no cure for collapsed trachea however, you can give your dog significant relief and comfort by managing their symptoms. Depending upon what your dog's issues are, different remedies will be more helpful. Not all tracheal collapse supplements are needed for every pet. Please scroll down and click on the product photos or links to learn more. Our dog tracheal collapse home treatment has helped many dogs get their quality of life back. If you need help, please don't hesitate to email us.
Use Ultra-Flex Collagen To Strengthen Trachea Cartilage
Ultra-Flex Collagen for Pets – The tasteless powder in the Ultra-Flex capsule is easy to administer once a day mixed in food. This is our hallmark product for tracheal collapse as it is a cartilage building supplement for dogs. When dogs have collapsing trachea, the rings of tracheal cartilage become weak, restricting airflow. Ultra-Flex Collagen is a natural food-based remedy that strengthens trachea cartilage, helping to reduce coughing and gagging over time. While there isn't a magic pill for collapsed trachea, combining Ultra-Flex Collagen with a few other supplements (depending upon your pet's symptoms) will deliver the best results. Poor digestion contributes to coughing, hacking and gagging as acid reflux can irritate the esophagus. Most pets with collapsed trachea have digestive issues contributing to the honking cough and it's important that pet owners understand the connection. Treatment for collapsed trachea in dogs is most successful when a combination of tracheal collapse supplements are used along with our recommended diet changes.
Natural Remedies for Collapsed Trachea in Dogs
One of the most important considerations regarding how to effectively treat collapsing trachea in dogs is to focus on the dog's digestion. Most dogs with collapsing trachea have poor digestion which their owners may or may not be aware of. Pets may make swallowing sounds, have bouts of loose stool or diarrhea, gulping noises, burping, sensitive stomach, picky eating or vomiting bile. Food allergies, poor digestion and food quality greatly affect collapsed trachea symptoms. If a pet has any acid reflux, this can irritate the esophagus making collapsed trachea symptoms such as coughing, gagging or choking much worse. Using the proper diet and collapsed trachea in dogs home remedies to improve digestion can give your pet much needed relief! Here are commonly order collapsed trachea supplements to use along with Ultra-Flex collagen.
Power Probiotic – The best probiotic for pets! Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain pet probiotic supplement promotes the growth of friendly bacteria which promotes a healthy digestive and immune system. Pure, safe and natural--NO FILLERS! Most pets love the taste too!
Lypozyme - This gentle digestive enzyme for dogs breaks down protein and fats, easing digestive symptoms and reducing the possibility of acid reflux and indigestion. Pure, natural and NO FILLERS! Tasteless, easy to administer to tiny pets.
Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract
- Chronic coughing can lead to inflammation in the esophagus and trachea. Happy Paws Organic Hemp Extract is an anti-inflammatory liquid. The ingredients in Happy Paws reduce pain and inflammation and may help to relieve anxiety and stress. Each 1oz bottle contains 550mg of full spectrum hemp extract in an unflavored all-natural coconut oil base. 100% organic. Made in the USA. Professional veterinary strength.
Formulated for pets over 5 pounds.
Psystabil – Dogs with collapsed trachea can become very anxious, which leads to a worsening of coughing attacks. Psystabil is a natural homeopathic remedy that can quiet coughing fits and help them relax.
Note: PSY-stabil can have a calming or sedating effect. If your pet is taking pain medications or has a heart condition, please consult with your veterinarian before ordering.
Collapsed Trachea Supplements That Support Heart Function
Amazing Omegas – Purest therapeutic fish oil available. It contains omega-3s in their natural state packed in glass bottles (instead of plastic that can leach toxins into the oil). These powerful omegas reduce inflammation, reduce allergy symptoms and strengthen the trachea, joints, and ligaments. Very important to use if your pet has any heart issues associated with the collapsed trachea.
Purrfect Pet CoQ10 – Certain breeds such as Pomeranians and Toy Poodles are especially prone to heart disease. Moreover, many dogs with collapsing trachea develop an enlarged heart due to the stress on the pet as it tries to breathe. Using Purrfect Pet CoQ10 (along with Amazing Omegas) helps maintain healthy heart function and respiration.
Resveratrol for Dogs – Many pets develop heart problems as they age and tracheal collapse can make it worse. Research shows that Resveratrol provides cardio-protective benefits by reducing inflammation in the heart and cardiovascular system and by improving endothelial function.
Not all supplements are needed by every pet. Just choose the ones most appropriate for your pet's symptoms. If you have any questions about our home treatment for collapsed trachea, please don't hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
Diet For Dogs With Collapsing Trachea
Many dog foods (even the highest quality, grain-free, premium diets) can worsen collapsing trachea symptoms because they contain ingredients that promote inflammation, indigestion or an allergic response. Diet changes (switching to hypoallergenic, novel protein diet) can be especially helpful. Please be sure to include your dog’s diet on the order form at checkout. Our nutritionist will include diet tips for collapsed trachea in dogs on the packing slip that comes with your product directions.
"My name is Benji. I am 14 year old Yorkshire Terrier and a few years ago I started have episodes where I couldn't catch my breath. My owners took me to the vet and were told it was a collapsing trachea. My owners do not like pharmaceutical medications so they did a web search and found you. They ordered for me the Ultra-Flex Collagen For Pets. After about a month my symptoms were gone. I have only had a couple of episodes and that has been on very cold days. Thank you for providing this wonderful product because I was very scared when not being able to catch my breath." - Benji (and his dad Greg), Florida
Lifestyle Changes That Can Help With Collapsing Trachea
A comprehensive approach to treating collapsed trachea will yield the best results for you and your pup. Using natural supplements and changing the diet is a great place to start. Once you learn your dog's coughing triggers, you can also make lifestyle changes to help lessen the severity and frequency of flare-ups.
Collapsed Trachea Recommended Lifestyle Changes:
- Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight means more energy is exerted to complete a short walk or even a trip up the stairs. When a dog with collapsed breathes heavily, it can cause a coughing attack. You can help your dog lose weight by adding green vegetables to your dog's meal in place of some of the dog food. Green vegetables help your pet feel more satisfied and offer a low calorie, nutritious source of bulk food. Also, plan a regular time to take long, slow walks with your dog. Click here for more healthy weight loss tips.
- Use a harness instead of a collar. Any pressure around the trachea and neck area can aggravate the condition. There are many cute harnesses available and most are fitted with a spot to hang your dog's ID tag.
- Avoid excitement and anxiety. Try to prevent anxiety by sticking to a routine. A huge excitement trigger is when a dog hears the doorbell. By planning for when guests or packages are to arrive, you make be able to prevent a reaction. Excitement and anxiety can cause a coughing fit, rapid breathing, and even fainting.
- Avoid airborne irritants. Cigarette smoke, dust, and strong fragrances can promote coughing. By keeping the windows closed, running an air conditioner or air purifier and regularly cleaning the home, you can minimize respiratory distress.
- Keep your dog cool. Dogs cool themselves by panting. Dogs with collapsed trachea are less effective at panting and can become overheated quite easily. Cooling pads can provide quick relief on hot, humid days.
"My beautiful, sweet, soon-to-be 13 year old "baby" girl Zoe is thriving thanks to Ask Ariel supplements. She was diagnosed with a kidney issue over a year ago and today her numbers improved and she is enjoying life. She is my fierce loyal companion. Thanks to Ask Ariel I am sure we will have many more years of memories together. Thank you for giving us both renewed hope!"
Products used: Power Probiotic, Kidney Health Protein Support, Ultra-Flex, Purrfect Pet CoQ10. - Claudia, Georgia
Laryngeal Paralysis - A Condition Similar To Collapsing Trachea
Laryngeal paralysis occurs when the larynx cartilage flaps no longer open and close properly. It can cause exercise intolerance, noisy respiration and throat clearing. It restricts the dog’s ability to breathe. Since the airways are obstructed in laryngeal paralysis, it makes it difficult for dogs to pant and cool effectively, especially in warm climates.
Supplements to support the cartilage and connective tissue may delay the need for surgery and reduce symptoms. Ultra-Flex Collagen for Pets strengthens and repairs cartilage. Several of the ingredients in ArthroSoothe are scientifically proven to reduce inflammation and repair cartilage. Both supplements have been very helpful for pets with laryngeal paralysis.
For some pets, laryngeal paralysis can be genetic and affect younger dogs, but most cases involve older, large breed dogs. GOLPP is Geriatric Onset Laryngeal Paralysis Polyneuropathy. This term is used when geriatric dogs develop laryngeal paralysis, mega-esophagus and hind leg weakness concurrently. It involves a generalized polyneuropathy – all the nerves in the body are affected, but the symptoms begin to cascade with age. GOLPP is most common in Labrador retrievers, but can be found in any large breed. These three conditions can also develop independently.
Laryngeal paralysis is when the larynx no longer opens and closes with respiration. The esophageal function is also impaired in dogs with GOLPP. Mega-esophagus is when the esophagus lacks the muscles and motility to move food and water down to the stomach. It becomes distended and the food is regurgitated. Studies show that within a year of being diagnosed with laryngeal paralysis, almost 60% of dogs also showed hind limb weakness, muscle wasting and gait problems. There seems to be a general neurologic deterioration that occurs with GOLPP.
While there is no cure for GOLPP, all three of the conditions can be supported with natural supplements and lifestyle changes.
Ultra-Flex Collagen can help to strengthen and repair the laryngeal cartilage and connective tissue. By minimizing excitement and stress, avoiding extreme heat and by using a harness instead of a collar you can help to reduce the frequency of flare-ups.
Gastro ULC & Power Probiotic help to reduce the pain and burning from acid reflux. They work complimentarily to stabilize and maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Soothing Digestive Relief is a special blend of herbs and plant enzymes that help to break down carbohydrates and calm and soothe the digestive tract. Changing to a hypoallergenic, low carbohydrate diet can help your dog digest their food easier.
ArthroSoothe for Pets contains 15 ingredients scientifically proven to reduce inflammation and repair cartilage. Can be used in combination with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or as a natural alternative.
Collapsed Trachea Success Stories: Supplements And Diet Changes Really Work!
“I was looking for a natural cure for collapsing trachea to give my 12 year old Pomeranian Eddie some relief from constant coughing. He was diagnosed with a collapsed trachea and has been on the UltraFlex Collagen for about 6 months. I know this isn't a natural cure for collapsed trachea, but I am happy to report that it really does seem to help. It's very hard for me to give him pills so I like that we can mix in his food just once a day. "
Joanne S, New Jersey