No dog parent wants to see their fur baby suffering and a trachea collapse is not only uncomfortable, but it can also be painful. Luckily, if you are looking for a natural way to give your dog some relief you have come to the right place. CBD can help ease the symptoms of a tracheal collapse and slow the progression of it as well.
What is a trachea collapse?
First, you need to know that the trachea is the tube that connects your dog’s throat to the lungs.
There are small rings of cartilage along the tracheal wall that help keep the shape of the tubes.
In dogs, the rings don’t completely encircle the windpipe. The circle is completed by a thin membrane of tissue.
A trachea collapse is when those rings lose some of their strength or the membrane starts to sag. When that happens, the tracheal rings will flatten as air is drawn into the airway, making it difficult for the air to get to the lungs. Over time, the trachea will become inflamed making it even harder for your pup to breathe.
Signs and symptoms?
One of the most common signs that your dog has a trachea collapse is a dry, harsh persistent cough. You might notice your dog starts to cough whenever they need to breathe more rapidly than normal. For example, when your dog is exercising or playing with another dog, or when they get excited or agitated.
This cough is also known as a ‘goose Honk’ cough. The dry cough may worsen if there is pressure on the trachea from a collar, at night, in hot or humid weather, or immediately after your dog drinks or eats. Your dog with this condition may try to avoid play and exercise altogether, and they may experience gagging and fainting.
A tracheal collapse is more common in middle-aged or senior dogs. Some breeds are more affected, such as Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, Shih Tzu’s, Lhasa Apsos, Toy Poodles, and Yorkshire Terriers. However, it can happen in all dogs no matter their size, age, or breed.
How can CBD help?
Having a collapsed trachea can be extremely anxiety-inducing for your dog. Not being able to breathe properly and having a constant dry cough would be scary for any human. Now imagine how scary that would be for your dog!
CBD can not only help calm them it will also help manage the discomfort they may be in.
CBD is a great anti-inflammatory. Reducing inflammation is necessary to help your dog breathe a little bit easier by reducing the swelling and pain associated with a tracheal collapse.
The best part is CBD is all-natural, so you don’t have to worry about side effects that can occur with other prescription medications.
Yes, CBD is a great alternative to some medications. It can also be used in conjunction with medicinal treatment, but always consult with your veterinarian before replacing any prescribed medication with CBD.