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Old 03-17-2014, 06:33 PM
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I'm so sorry. Now you know what you're dealing with, though, and that's better than not knowing.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:44 PM
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I'm pretty sure that the only response to this is, "well, sh$t." I'm sorry you're going through this, but Mia is so, so very lucky to have you. In the warmer months, what about swimming? I know she is a very busy dog, just trying to brain storm what to do when it's hot & she's being nutty.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:46 PM
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Let me ask some pug people on the subject. It's a very common issue in the breed and I know quite a few have done the stent.
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Old 03-17-2014, 06:54 PM
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any information you can glean would be appreciated! I don't know anyone in real life that has dealt with it.I am asking around and reading up. We have another appt in a couple months for her annual so I'd like to be loaded with questions then. He acted like the stent was a last ditch kind of effort for dogs who are having severe issues/coughing while calm. I may at least contact the sport/holistic vet to see if they have any additional suggestions.

She is so drugged up now. It's kind of amusing to me because she keeps howling, which I have never heard her do before. She also keeps on falling asleep sitting up.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:03 PM
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I'll just c/p what I did on FB here, and again say how sorry I am. That's really sucky.

I'm so sorry. DEFINITELY harness. I know some think CT is not a big deal, but in some breeds, especially the little guys, it really can be. I know of a lot of yorkies who live great lives with CT, but could have been prevented by wearing a harness to begin with. But many things can lead to CT... Obesity, inhalation of irritants or allergens, respiratory infection, enlarged heart, etc.

As I'm sure you already do, just keeping her leaner will help. Harnessess instead of collars, humidifying the air, etc. I have a friend who has a bigger yorkie, Jackson's size who has it. I can ask her some questions if you want, but she seems to live a super normal happy life.

Try to avoid lots of stress, overly excited (I know, easier said than done with Mia). I've read cough suppressants can be used to reduce irriation to the trachea. I think u do have to be more cautious when going under as well because of the tube. So glad you were in tune to her and brought her in!

I did ask my friend with the yorkie and she said her moms yorkie has it worse than hers and is on a medicine for it daily. I will get the name of the medicine for you tomorrow. She said it helps him a lot. They also both love Buddy Belt harness, no pressure on neck whatsoever.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:45 PM
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I'll just copy paste what my friend wrote me.

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There is some significant risk to the stent surgery as it can result (in fact, often does result) in laryngeal paralysis. I had a foster with really bad CT and spoke to a woman in the US who had the stent surgery done on her pug and said she regretted doing it since even though it gave her a couple more years with the dog had still compromised it's life quality a fair bit.
Personally, I wouldn't do it. I'd treat it medically as long as I could, but then would let it go.

Here's a link to an article about some of the considerations and options when dealing with CT. She needs to be clear that the surgery (rings or stent) isn't a cure and is only a delaying mechanism that isn't without risk.

http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm.../detail/533201

http://www.animalmedcenter.com/faqs/...llapse-in-dogs

http://www.altavistaanimalhospital.c...pseStents.aspx

Part of the problem is anaesthesia becomes a significant risk in CT. And much depends on where the collapse is in the trachea.

She also asks if you were given a grade.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:18 PM
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I am so sorry.Though, I'm glad you know what it is.

I don't know much about collapsed trachea, but I found a few sites
http://smallanimal.vethospital.ufl.e...eal-collapse/"

https://www.acvs.org/small-animal/tracheal-collapse

http://www.animalmedcenter.com/faqs/...llapse-in-dogs

http://bluepearlvet.com/trachea-collapse/
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I have no advice or experience, but I just wanted to say that I am sorry to hear this. :-(
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I don't have any advice but want to send lots of healing vibes and hugs to both of you.
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:01 AM
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Wasnt' given a grade but looks like it should be around a 2 since that's 50% collapsed. I'm kind of annoyed now since we haven't gotten any medication on top of it not being graded. It was just like 'Welp, limit her exercise! She will have to deal with this for life'

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I don't know if I should talk to my vet or go to another to try to discuss medication?

Her sedative did wear off at about midnight last night. That was kind of amusing, she just woke up and was like 'YAY let's GO!'
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