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.  Your pet’s activity will may likely be limited, due to their breathing being hindered.  If you do not treat the problem, it can cause stress on the hearts and lungs.  Obese dogs are at greater health risks. Diet should be addressed in all pets (especially those obese) and should be one that is hypoallergenic avoiding common allergens.

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

A few supplements have shown to be effective in treating collapsing trachea in dogs:

Amazing Omegas and Ultra-Flex Collagen For Pets to strengthen trachea cartilage and reduce overall coughing/gagging

Purrfect Pet CoQ10 and Heart Terrain to support respiration and breathing as dogs with collapsed trachea have difficulty breathing and develop an enlarged heart

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 is more "acidic" 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 10 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."

I want to thank you again for another great product!”

Lori, Pennsylvania 2016

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