Benadryl for Tracheal Collapse
Benadryl might help with allergies but not with the collapsing trachea as it is an anatomical condition. Benadryl is an antihistamine that may put the dog at risk due to the thickening of mucus in the trachea (windpipe), and while recommended by many, it is not a long-term solution for a canine with tracheal collapse.
How do I make my dog’s collapsing trachea comfortable?
Tracheal collapse occurs when the dog’s cartilage around the windpipe is weakened and collapses in on itself. This is very serious and if untreated for long enough may cause death. The dog will begin coughing and hacking, and will likely struggle to breathe.
With the right kind of treatment, you can ensure your dog suffering from this affliction can live a comfortable and happy life.
First, we must recognize what causes a tracheal collapse in dogs.
- Obesity is the number one risk factor in determining if a dog will suffer tracheal collapse.
- This can also occur in older dogs who are exposed to smoke and other environmental pollution.
- The already struggling trachea is exposed to irritants that cause the dog to cough and have trouble breathing.
To make sure your dog with this ailment can live a better life, experts say feeding the dog raw or canned food will help improve the condition of the canine, as well as removing any pressure from the dog’s neck which weaken the cartilage rings of the trachea resulting in a collapse of the windpipe on inhalation.
Avoid over-exciting a dog with this condition, and especially when introducing them to new parks or environments where other animals will be present. Dust and foreign particles are also the biggest factors affecting dogs with tracheal collapse.
Luckily, the collapsing trachea can be treated medically, surgically, or by a combination of the two. Your vet will discuss the various treatment options. Even with good measures, most dogs will continue to experience at least some coughing throughout their life.