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post in: Lifestyle, Video Date:26 Oct 2017, 11:16 views:2857
By Langley Cornwell, when we adopted our most recent family dog, Al, he had been stuck in the system for a long time; hed been transported to several different animal shelters in the hopes of finding him a good home.
I applaud the local shelters for recognizing that he had potential despite some behavioral problems. Even so, he was on borrowed time, and when my husband and I met him, we agreed that we were ready for the job. To help his transition, we started Al in behavioral training classes immediately.
We still have a very long way to go with this dog, but hes part of our family and weve pledged to give him a safe, loving and comfortable home for the rest of his life. As it turns out, Als behavioral problems are allergy only half of the picture.
Once the adoption was finalized, we took him straight to our veterinarian.
His examination revealed that Al was heartworm positive and had a collapsed trachea. The heartworm condition has been corrected, but we have to take special precautions not to aggravate his tracheal collapse. What is a Collapsed Trachea?
Also called a collapsed windpipe, this condition is exactly what the name describes; the rings of cartilage that make up the trachea actually narrow or collapse, which compromises the dogs airway.
The exact reason this happens is unknown, but many experts believe that tracheal collapse is a genetic defect. Apparently, it can also be caused by poor nutrition and/or obesity, which is why its so important to keep your dog on a healthy diet of high quality food like.
The most common sign of tracheal collapse is a honking cough, labored breathing, dry retching, rapid breathing with abnormal sounds, a blue tinge around the dogs gums and membranes and, in extreme cases, a loss of consciousness caused by restricted oxygen intake.