My Pomeranian has been coughing alot so I took him in to see the vet. My vet told me that he has a Collapsed Trachea and gave me some pills to help him. Are there any natural remedies that can help him as well?
Collapsed trachea is an anatomical issue, so care is directed at minimizing inflammation and reducing exposure to anything that exacerbates the problem. Allergies and environmental irritants can aggravate the membranes of the trachea and cause inflammation which will make the cough worse. Natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatory supplements such as Inflamzyme can be helpful. If allergies are suspected as an aggravation – then Only Natural Pet Immune Balance may be beneficial. Essential fatty acids may be useful as they reduce inflammation and nourish the cells of the tracheal lining. Switching the diet to an allergy formula food may help some dogs, as well, by reducing the overall “allergen load” on the immune system.
Using an air filter is also a good idea if you live in a city, smoggy area, or when pollen counts are high. The goal is to keep inflammation at a minimum and eliminate anything that might irritate the tracheal membranes.
Dogs with collapsed trachea (or susceptibility to it – ie small dogs) should not be walked on a collar, use a harness only.