What Type of Equipment Is Needed to Treat a Collapsed Trachea?


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The equipment needed to treat a collapsed trachea are plastic rings or spirals placed around the outside of the trachea by a ACVS board-certified veterinary surgeon, or a stent inserted nonsurgically inside the airway to hold open the trachea, according to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

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In most cases, tracheal collapse is treated with bronchodilators, cough suppressants, corticosteroids or antibiotics. Weight loss helps obese dogs to breathe more easily. Treatment for tracheal collapse is not a cure, but in a 1994 study, 71 percent of dogs receiving medical treatment showed positive long-term responses, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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