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Tracheal collapse in a dog

Published: 8/1/2018
Andrew Linklater, DVM, DACVECC, explores the armamentarium for treating this critically ill dog in this article from Clinician’s Brief, our official clinical practice journal...
 
Radiograph showing grade III to grade IV tracheal collapse and a mild interstitial pattern
An 8-year-old neutered male Yorkshire terrier is presented for respiratory distress. The patient had been exhibiting a loud, progressive, honking cough for 18 months before presentation. The owners had attempted nebulization and coupage at home without improvement. Physical examination reveals a distressed patient with a respiratory rate of 60 breaths/min, loud upper airway stridor and stertor, and coughing. Temperature is 103.9°F (39.9°C), heart rate is 160 bpm, and mucous membranes are a muddy/cyanotic color. Oxygen is administered, and the patient improves enough for lateral radiography; radiographs reveal a grade III to IV tracheal collapse at the thoracic inlet and a mild interstitial pattern, most prominent in the caudodorsal region of the lungs.

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