Monday, March 2, 2015

How To Treat Collapsing Trachea in Dogs Using Natural Remedies

"My 12 year old Pomeranian Eddie was diagnosed with a collapsed trachea and he has been on the Ultra-Flex Collagen for about 6 months.  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 just give it once a day."   Joanne S., New Jersey

Collapsed trachea in dogs is a progressive condition that affects certain small dog breeds such as yorkies, maltese, pomeranian, chihuahas, pugs and shih tzus. The disease can cause coughing, gagging and respiratory problems.    Symptoms of collapsing trachea can be aggravated by stress, inflammation, indigestion and allergies.  Therefore, your pet's diet and supplement regimen is essential to helping to treat and reduce collapsing trachea symptoms.  Veterinary treatments for collapsed trachea is limited so you need to do all you can to be proactive about trying to help your pet's condition using a natural approach.  

A natural, holistic approach to treat collapsed trachea in dogs has been shown to be quite effective in reducing symptoms and slowing the progression of the disease.  It is  aimed at the following goals:
1) support the tracheal cartilage
2) reduce coughing attacks and anxiety that can come with them
3) support the heart and overall respiratory system
4) reduce inflammation and allergy symptoms that can hinder breathing and worsen symptoms

 Conventional veterinary care is very limited in what it can offer for dogs with collapsed trachea, but pets show marked improvement in their symptoms with holistic care. To get the best results, it is important to use the appropriate collapsed trachea supplements along with diet changes based on your pet's issues. The supplements most effective for treatment for tracheal collapse in dogs are: 

Ultra-Flex Collagen – The hallmark product for tracheal collapse in dogs. This food-based product strengthens tracheal cartilage, helping to reduce coughing and gagging. Works best when used in conjunction with Amazing Omegas and Power Probiotic. Amazing Omegas reduces inflammation while the Power Probiotic improves digestion and immunity (which indirectly affects heart function too!). The three formulas work together to strengthen the trachea, reduce the progression of the disease and improve symptoms.

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.  

Purrfect Pet CoQ10 Certain breeds such as Pomeranians are especially prone to heart disease. Moreover, many pets with collapsed 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. 

Psystabil For anxiety and to reduce the severity of coughing attacks

Gastro ULC, Lypozyme and Power Probiotic to reduce acid reflux.  Acid reflux and stomach indigestion can greatly worsen your dog's collapsed trachea symptoms.  If your dog has a sensitive stomach, please be sure to use these products to reduce their discomfort.  Power Probiotic is essential to promote friendly bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.  Some clients notice that their dogs tend to cough more after wakening or getting up.  Since the esophagus is an extension of the gastrointestinal tract, it makes sense that a dog will have more inflammation in the esophagus and trachea if there is any indigestion.  When we wake up from sleep, a dog has more acid in the stomach making them more likely to have to cough.

If you have questions about which supplements to use, please contact the staff at They respond very promptly. These supplements for tracheal collapse have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals for over 12 years.  Be sure to include what you are feeding on the order form at checkout.  Diet can greatly affect collapsed trachea.  The pet nutritionist Susan Davis, at Ask Ariel, will include a diet suggestion for your pet on the packing slip that comes with the product directions.  There is hope and help for this seemingly "untreatable condition".  Please see the testimonial below.

  Daisy and Precious 

“My dog Holly passed on from a collapsed trachea. I heard about your supplement (for collapsed trachea) about two weeks after she died to my dismay. She had a full blood work done when she started coughing and it came back wonderful due to the supplements she was on (for liver disease). They were amazed! Well my other dog Daisy... has always gagged after drinking and recently started coughing occasionally when she lies down. It shook me up because that is how Holly started a year ago. I immediately purchased your ultra-flex collagen. She has been taking it for a few weeks now and I noticed she doesn't gag anymore. Listen she has been gagging each time she drank for 2 1/2 years and now she isn't. It is very hard for me not to think I could have saved Holly if I had only known, but I am happy I've found Ultra-flex collagen for Daisy."