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A weakening in the cartilage rings within a dog's trachea causes the trachea itself to lose its structure and collapse, explains PetEducation.com. The cause of this weakening is unknown, although a congenital abnormality... More »

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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... More »

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Symptoms of a collapsed lung include shortness of breath, sharp chest pain that worsens with a cough or a deep breath, and nasal flaring. In severe cases, symptoms include a bluish skin tone from a lack of oxygen, chest ... More »

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Tracheomalacia is a congenital problem that occurs when the cartilage of the trachea does not develop as it should, according to the National Institutes of Health. The trachea walls are weak and make it difficult for the... More »

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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... More »

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When you swallow, a piece of cartilage called the epiglottis closes off the trachea, or windpipe, to prevent food from obstructing your airway, according to About.com. The epiglottis flap normally rests in a slightly upr... More »

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The function of the cartilaginous rings of the trachea is to stabilize the trachea and keep it rigid while allowing the trachea to expand and lengthen when the person breathes. If the trachea was not supported in this wa... More »

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