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Supporting a Dog With Collapsed Trachea: A Breath of Fresh Air for Papucho

Inspiring Pet Tails 4 min read
Supporting a Dog With Collapsed Trachea: A Breath of Fresh Air for Papucho

Our senior fur babies are delicate creatures, all we want is the best for them but sometimes bumps in the road occur, which can be scary for pet parents and pets.

Papucho is a beautiful, scruffy poodle mix, now 17. It broke our hearts to hear this sweet pup had unfortunately hit a few health bumps at once. Papucho was suffering from a collapsed trachea.

The cartilage holding a tube-shaped breathing pathway that opens collapses and compromises the breathing pathway. This is an, unfortunately, irreversible condition and is also a common condition for small dogs. This happens in middle to older-age pets. Some common breeds affected include Poodles, Chihuahua’s, Pomeranian’s, Yorkshire terriers.

papucho sick dog

Along with this new health concern, Papucho also had fluid in his lungs and later on also discovered he was experiencing liver failure and his pancreas wasn’t doing too well either.

So many health concerns surfacing at once can be overwhelming, to say the least, but his pawrent Cynthia sprung into action and was prepared to try everything she needed to make his life more comfortable and enjoyable. Her friend  @_kittysunshine_ recommended she add NHV Natural supplements to Papucho’s diet. Shortly after, his new regimen began with our Hearty heart, Resp-aid, and milk thistle.


Only a week after using NHV’s supplements Cynthia left us this review:

As you can see Papucho is doing much better thanks to @nhvnaturalpet he’s been on natural meds for a week and also taking medical-grade CBD oil and so far our boy is back he’s running around eating 2-3 meals a day plus snacks he still has he’s cough due to he’s collapsed trachea but is doing much better getting him off the vet meds was the best decision we have made a huge I mean huge thank you ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ @_kittysunshine_ for recommending @nhvnaturalpet to us this has changed our sweet boy’s life we love you so much thank you all for your prayers sweet messages and comments.
Papucho dog

This was such a wonderful message to receive. There is not a lot that can be done to ‘treat’ a collapsed trachea. All one can do is manage the symptoms it brings. We were happy the regimen was helping Papucho and so quickly too.

A month later we received another positive update:

Update: with such joy we bring you wonderful news it’s been 1 month since my sweet 16 year old senior baby boy started his journey with all natural meds from @nhvnaturalpet prior to this 1 year n half ago my baby was suffering from he’s trachea being collapsed forward to about 2 months ago he started having complications coughing really bad to the point he would collapse we rushed him to the vet test where done and we got such bad news he’s trachea had worsen he’s lungs where filled with fluid he’s heart enlarged also a slight heart murmur showing signs of liver and pancreas damaged we where devastated vet put him on medication that turned him into a zombie like a vegetable we knew this was not a quality of life we wanted for him he had stopped eating as well we didn’t want to put him down but we didn’t want him to suffer either we didn’t know what to do until our wonderful friend @_kittysunshine_ recommended @nhvnaturalpet they have been amazing to us answered all our questions and concerns so quickly he’s been taking milk thistle for he’s liver combined with hearty heart for he’s heart ❤ and resp aid for he’s respiratory system all these natural meds combined have been like a miracle to us we saw results within the first week now a month later our baby boy is back to his old self he still has a cough but nothing like before its really minimal he also gained he’s appetite again he loves to play he’s a happy baby again this is the quality of life that he deserves ….. 
papucho dog in swing collapsed trachea

This pup looks happier than ever and we are always so touched to see such transformations. As Papucho continues to live his golden years in good health, we shall tweak his regimen as needed for his comfort.

Natural protocol for dogs with collapsed trachea

Depending upon the severity, other clinical signs like rapid breathing, blue gums, and periods of fainting may occur.

A dog with a collapsing trachea experiences bouts of distinctive goose-honk cough that seems to worsen when he gets excited or is exercising or eating – essentially whenever pressure is being applied to the trachea. Depending upon the severity, other clinical signs like rapid breathing, blue gums, and periods of fainting may occur.

Since there is very little you can do mechanically, a holistic veterinarian will try to help ease the symptoms in the following ways:

  • Suppress the cough – the constant coughing can cause discomfort and irritation. A herbal blend like Resp-Aid helps lubricate the mucous membranes and reduce the cough.
  • Reduce inflammation – corticosteroids are often prescribed for dogs with collapsed trachea. A natural anti-inflammatory herb Yucca is rich in corticosteroids. It can also help reduce discomfort.
  • Support the lungs – healthier lungs can help ease the pressure put on the trachea. Resp-Aid can help achieve this naturally.
  • Help eliminate stress – since anxiety or excitability can lead to ‘attacks’, it is important that dogs with a collapsed trachea are provided support to maintain stress levels. Natural supplements like Lesstress and Matricalm can help a lot.
  • Fight infection – dogs with a collapsed trachea are vulnerable to respiratory infections. Antibiotics are often prescribed for this purpose. Stimmune is a natural blend that has herbs with antibiotic properties and can help the body fight these infections. Resp-Aid too has infection fighting properties.

Does your dog suffer from a collapsed trachea.? Your dog’s regimen might differ from Papucho’s. Contact a NHV Pet Expert directly to find the best supplements for your dog.

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Published: June 13, 2019

11 replies

  1. CYNTHIA BACON says:

    Hello. I’ve adopted an 8 and 1/2 year old Pomeranian who has a tiny trachea. He pants a lot also hear a clicking noise when he breathes while panting. I have him on manuka honey, eggshell membrane and all natural pet bronchial remedy. Any suggestions?

    1. Raphael M says:

      Hi Cinthia,

      So sorry to hear about your furkiddo going through this. We do have a supplement that may help support his breathing.
      It’s called Resp-Aid and it helps with deep coughs, bronchial congestion, bronchitis, helps ease chest and nose congestion and helps relieve shortness of breath, supporting healthy breathing.

      Please let us know if you need any help with dosage or anything else you may need.

      Yours in wellness,
      NHV Team

  2. Kim Ball says:

    My dog Buddy is 13 and will be 14 in October. A couple of months ago, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, a leakage in one of his valves, and a collapsed trachea. He does not cough, but he pants heavily. When he lays down straight, he sounds congested through his throat. The Dr. has him on [pharmaceutical name removed] and [pharmaceutical name removed] the rest of his life for his heart. He wants us to give him [pharmaceutical name removed] in a liquid form, but I wanted to try and find something natural that might help his trachea. The heart medicine seems to be keeping the fluid off. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. Courtney says:

      I would love to know as well! My little girl is 14 and has heart failure and a collapsed trachea/tracheal cough. She is also on [pharmaceutical name removed] and [pharmaceutical name removed] as well as [pharmaceutical name removed]. Thinking about starting her on the Resp-Aid and Yucca.

      1. NHV Natural Pet says:

        Hi Courtney,
        We’re so sorry to hear about your sweet girl’s heart and tracheal health. We can imagine how worried you must be and how uncomfortable it can be for her. Both Resp-Aid and Yucca will help with her collapsed trachea/tracheal cough and its symptoms. We do recommend adding Hearty Heart to her dietary regimen. Hearty Heart is our main supplement to help with heart health and helps to ease any breathing issues and any other heart-related symptoms.
        Here’s the link to our savers kit, which has Hearty Heart and Turmeric
        and the link to Resp-Aid
        We’re just a message away if you have any questions. Sending your sweet pup lots of love and healing vibes

    2. NHV Natural Pet says:

      Hi Kim,
      Owh no, we’re so sorry to hear about Buddy’s health . We can imagine how uncomfortable that must have been for him and how worried you are for him. We have a regimen for congestive heart failure, leaky heart valve, and collapsed trachea. Hearty Heart is our main heart supplement to help with the heart and breathing issues by supporting the heart health. Here’s the link to Hearty Heart

      We have Resp-Aid to help support Buddy’s respiratory system. It can help fight the infections in his lungs and help to soothe the inflammation. Here’s the link to Resp-Aid

      We’re just a message away if you have any questions. Sending your sweet pup lots of love and healing vibes

  3. Suzanne says:

    Hi my fur baby named Lexi has a collapsed trachea any ideas as to what I can give her she seams to breathe heavy.

    1. Team NHV says:

      Hi Sue,

      We’re sorry to hear your little one has been experiencing discomfort and heavy breathing from her collapsed trachea. We know how scary it is to see our little ones in pain and discomfort. Our pet experts recommend Resp-Aid to help with the symptoms associated with a collapsed trachea. It helps reduce inflammation, relieve shortness of breath, deep coughs, and congestion, and supports healthy respiratory function. You can find it here :

      If you ever have any more questions we’re always here for you and your little one. So please don’t hesitate to reach out!

      Yours in wellness,
      Team NHV

  4. Roxy says:

    Hi there! My 10 yr old Peekachi Ava was just diagnosed with the collapsed Trachea as well. She’s also on thyroid medication. I’ve been trying to find something natural or holistic to help soothe her throat. The cough breaks my heart, not to mention my other Chi who’s also in congestive heart failure is on meds too for her cough [pharmaceutical name removed] I think is what it’s called. But trying to keep the both of them calm is crazy because Mia the Chi will just all of a sudden attack Ava out of nowhere. So the coughing starts bad and I have to break it up. I use [brand name removed] and was reading about your Resp-Aid is it? I am looking into getting the yucca and going to read further and see what other things you guys might recommend for my babies. I am open to whatever suggestions you might have. Thank you so much for being here for all of us.

    1. Team NHV says:

      Hi Roxy,

      We’re sorry we didn’t get back to you sooner. How is Ava and Mia doing as of late?

      We’re really sorry to hear about Ava’s collapsed trachea and Mia’s congestive heart failure. We can only imagine how uncomfortable it must be for both of the girls and we can imagine the sudden attack is not helping either.

      We may have a regimen that can help to support both of them against their health symptoms.

      For Ava,

      1. Resp-Aid is our main respiratory supplement that can help to support your little one’s lungs and ease the congestion in the chest and nose.
      2. Yucca is a super herb that can help the body produce natural corticosteroids. The herbal properties can help to support her body against pain and inflammation naturally.
      3. We recommend Lesstsress as it can help to reduce the anxiety, stress and excitability that can trigger these coughing attacks sometimes.
      4. Petomega3 can help to support her lungs health and good for overall support. Some studies have also suggested that omega 3 oils may help to regenerate the tissues of the cartilage rings.

      For Mia,

      1. We have Hearty Heart as our main heart health support, it can help to balance blood pressure, heart palpitations and improve the blood flow. It also has antispasmodic properties to help relax the heart muscle naturally and gently.
      2. Resp-Aid can help to relieve her coughing symptoms
      3. Yucca can help to manage her pain as well.
      4. Petomega3 is rich in omega3 fish oil which can be very beneficial for heart health
      5. Lesstress as well.

      Do take your time to go through our recommended regimen for Ava and Mia, and feel free to share this with yoru vet team. We’re always just a message away if you need anything or have any questions, our pet experts are always happy to help you support your girls! Sending sweet Mia and Ava lots of love and healing vibes.

  5. Team NHV says:

    Hi Roseann,

    We’re so sorry to hear that your beautiful girl Emily is going through this. We can’t imagine how tough this must be on both of you.

    Rest assured that we’re here to do all that we can to help support you and your furkiddo.

    Tracheal collapse is an acquired, not congenital, disease. It can occur in the neck region, within the chest, or in both locations. The cartilage rings of the trachea (windpipe) are shaped like the letter C, lying on its back. A small membrane covers the top of the ring. In the case of your little one, maybe his cartilages lost their rigidity, and the membrane stretches. Because of this, the rings maybe are collapsed, the windpipe flattened, and mild to severe obstruction of the airway was developed. The cause is not well understood, but proposed theories include genetic factors such as breed, nutritional influences, neurologic problems, and degeneration of the tracheal cartilages.

    As for supplements we recommend:

    1. Resp-Aid is an anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and healing formulation that helps with upper respiratory congestion helps fight infection, and relieves shortness of breath. As tracheal collapse is an anatomic issue Resp Aid can be helpful to help the lungs that are in distress in this situation.

    2. Lesstress can be helpful. It is an herbal formulation that acts on the nervous and immune systems, calming anxiety.

    3. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and may be used to reduce inflammation of the lining of the trachea.

    4. Pet Omega 3 is a daily supplement to enhance overall health and wellbeing. Omega-3 fatty acids will be helpful in supporting cardiac health and his lungs.

    Please continue to keep us updated on Emily’s pawgress, we can’t wait to hear more. ♥

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