Tracheal Collapse in Yorkies

Tracheal Collapse in Yorkies is one of several health issues that you can expect due to their size and fact that they are purebred.

Even with the best in medical preventative care, Tracheal Collapse still occurs, but why?

As a Yorkie advances through life, the cartilage in their Trachea weakens. This is due in part to its tiny size.

When this happens, the cartilage rings in the Trachea become flaccid, resulting in Tracheal Collapse. The obvious outcome, obstruction of air intake.

A good indication that  your Yorkie has this condition is a "honking" cough. Left untreated, this may become constant, which can lead to other Yorkie health issues such as Chronic Lung Disease. This can happen due to the effort to breath around the collapsed tissue.

Tracheal Collapse can sometimes be treated surgically. At the very least your Veterinarian can prescribe cough suppressants.

It is also important to point out that if your Yorkie is overweight, that you could expect a greater degree of discomfort in your Yorkie.

As always, if you suspect that your Yorkie has a health issue, then its time to bring them in to see your Veterinarian.

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