Saturday, January 28, 2012

Canine/ 狗: Collapsing Tracheas 氣管倒塌

What is Collapsing Tracheas?   什麼是氣管倒塌?

Collapsing trachea is a common syndrome in certain breeds of dogs and senior small dogs.  In the syndrome, the structures that support the trachea is weaken.  This causes the trachea to narrow during the course of respiration, leading to irritation and lead to coughing.  Collapsing trachea is a chronic, progressive, and non-curable syndrome.

氣管倒塌是常見現狀特別容易影響一些狗種和小型犬狗的氣管結構比較弱而引至到呼吸的時候氣管收窄而至咳嗽. 氣管倒塌是一 種慢性,漸進及不可治愈的綜合

Signs / 徵狀

  • You would hear your dog makes a honking noise or sounds like he is coughing up a hairball.   
  • Inability to exercise or withstand hot condition

  • 你會聽到你的狗的噪咳嗽聲好似他將要咳毛球一樣
  • 你的狗無法忍受熱的環境.

What breeds are affected? 一般受影響的狗
Toy and miniature dog breeds are genetically more prone to have Collapsing Tracheas.  These breeds are:
  • Chihuahua
  • Maltese
  • Italian Greyhounds
  • Pomeranian
  • Toy Poodles
  • Yorkshire Terrier
小型犬種的基因比較更容易出現 氣管倒塌。這些小型的品種有:
  • 吉娃娃狗 
  • 魔天使 
  • 意大利賽狗 
  • 松鼠狗 
  • 玩具貴富 
  • 約克爹利狗

Prevention and Treatments? 預防和怎麼辦?

  • Feed high quality diet 
  • Take Supplements that are cartilage builders to help maintain the integrity of the tracheal cartilage.  These supplements can include DHA, glucosamine, chondroitin, and eggshell membrane.  (refer to Steadfast)
  • Chiropractic and acupuncture have demonstrated to reduce the intensity and the duration of coughing episodes. 
  • To avoid Inflammation, adding antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids to the diet is a safe and natural way to reduce inflammation (refer to CoatPlus)
  • Stress, anxiety, and fear are the worst enemies of a dog with a collapsing trachea as these emotions can trigger the problem; use Flower essences to reduce acute anxiety.
  • To help relieve the cough symptoms, we also suggest to use aromatherapy for the cough (Cough Drop)
  • Weight controls, overweight dogs are more affected 
  • Use a harness rather than a collar
  • No smoking environment

  • 餵高質素食物 
  • 餵補充品幫助保持氣管軟骨堅固這些補充品可包抱 DHA, 葡萄糖安, 軟骨素, 及蛋殼膜 (參考堅定犬)
  • 脊骨神經科和針灸已經證明能減少咳嗽發作的強度和時間
  • 為了避免炎症, 加入抗氧化劑 歐米茄 - 3脂肪酸的飲食是一個安全的和自然的方式,以減少炎症 (參考美毛+)
  • 緊張,焦慮和恐懼是最可怕的敵人, 因為這些情緒崩潰引發氣管問題; 使用花精,以減少急性焦慮
  • 為了幫助減輕咳嗽症狀,我們也建議使用香療法咳嗽 (Cough Drop)
  • 控制重量, 超重的狗將會更受影響 
  • 不用頸狗帶, 用胸帶
  • 無煙環境

Also see / 其他:
- Fish base or Plant base Omega-3 fatty acid/ 餵來自魚或植物的歐米茄 - 3脂肪酸
- Joint Supplement / 關節補充品

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