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hypoplastic trachea

Our 3 month old English Bulldog has been diagnosed with a hypoplastic trachea - small trachea with a kink in it. We are currently giving her antibiotics to keep her lungs as clear as possible and two drugs for her allergies. We keep a humidifier in the house and have the puppy sleeping on a pillow-like device to keep her head up. She will not sleep lying down and will only attempt to sleep in the sitting position, so the pillow-like device lets her hold her head up without strain - although it doesn't do anything for her legs giving out when she falls in and out of sleep. We also limit her activity and are slimming her down to a more lean body weight. We do not know what else we can do to make her more comfortable. Our vet has mentioned she may not survive if her trachea does not grow. We certainly are not accepting this and will do what we can to keep her happy. What have you found that has worked for a small trachea? We are running out of ideas and would like your help.

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Forgot to repost some trachea ratio info I found in a paper written by a vet regarding B.A.O.S.

English bulldogs should also be evaluated for a
hypoplastic trachea. On a lateral radiograph,
measurements of the thoracic inlet diameter (TI),
(distance from the ventral aspect of the first thoracic
vertebrae to the inner surface of the manubrium), and
the tracheal lumen diameter (TD) should be acquired.
The median ratio of TD/TI in the normal bulldog is
0.116; for normal dogs of other brachycephalic breeds it
is 0.157; and for normal dogs of non-brachycephalic
breeds it is 0.208. Prognosis for bulldogs with tracheal
hypoplasia (ratio < 0.116) can be considerably worse.

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My boy has a small trachea as well - 4.5 at the age of one year. He likes to go for walks, runs and plays with a puppy in the house. My vet wants him kept lean but otherwise he appears very healthly. Your pup is still very young and has time for the trachea to grow.

If you are trying to prop him up to sleep, how we he do with a pillow to lay up on? I know several of my dogs like to sleep up on the sofa with their heads up on the pillows or even one of my dogs will sleep in the recliner with her head propped up on the arm of the chair.

I do wish you all the best, I know I was devestated when I found out but my boy is about 20 months old and is doing very well today.


I have no experience with this but if you put "trachea" in Search, there is a ton of postings on the subject.

Best of luck with your baby

Thank you

Thank you so much for your prayers. We are hoping someone can help.

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I am also in this boat with Archie.

The most important thing to do @ this point is to make sure she does not get pneumonia, since you are already on meds hopefully that will not be an issue. Any type of infection will be dangerous, Archie almost died the last time he contracted pneumonia.

Make sure she eats & drinks slow. Put her food on a cookie sheet and put a rock in her water. Do not allow her to drink when she is panting; if you are worried about overheating give her an ice cube. If she eats & drinks too fast a foreign substance can be inhaled. Whenever a foreign substance is inhaled into the lungs (food, water, vomit) it's referred to as aspirating. The ensuing infection is referred to as aspiration pneumonia; it can be deadly to a dog with hypoplastic trachea.

One thing that troubles me is that she will not sleep lying down. Archie did that when he was in respiratory distress, he would lean his neck on furniture @ a 90 degree angle to breathe. He stopped doing that after I put him through surgery to resect his palate & remove his everted saccules.

When she gets spayed (she absolutely should not be bred) have her throat and palate examined. Given that her airway is already insufficient, the last thing she needs is to deal with any more obstructions. Make sure she does not have B.A.O.S. That will only intensify her respiratory distress. Were her nostrils evaluated?













Dean and Dave

I wish you both the very best outcome. Thanks for loving your pups so much.

We are going through the same thing

as you are. Is your dog having problems with pneumonia? What antibiotics are you using? We have had Baytril and Zithromax. As soon as she gets off the antibiotics a week or so later she has pneumonia again. I was advised along with the antibiotics to try and build up the dogs immune system with some natural drugs. Hopefully all of us going through this can get it worked out. We have been advised by several vets that we would probably have to put ours down, but we are not going to go that route. We will fight as long as we can to keep her going.

You're in our prayers.....

sorry no experience with this...Hope someone on the forum can help!

Hypoplastic Trachea in my puppy!

Hi, I have a seven month old english bulldog recently diagnosed with a hypoplastic trachea. He has nearly died twice; I administred CPR the first time his airway was blocked and rushed him to the vet. The vet diagnosed him with Anaphylactic schock. The second time, he was admitted into ICU for aspiration pnuemonia. Luckly, he is doing alot better but I cannot afford another $2,500 vet bill. Just curious what any of you have done to change its lifestyle/surgery/etc? Also, did the breeders replace your puppy? (There health gurantee is found at www.epuppypro.com)

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