What treatment can help my tiny dog with a collapsing trachea?

Question: 

My 2-year-old, 4-pound teacup Yorkie has been diagnosed with a stage-3 collapsing trachea. What can be done to help him lead a normal life?

 

Answer: 

Tracheal collapse is common in Yorkshire Terriers. Fortunately, in many patients this condition can be managed successfully with medications, with the goal of reducing the frequency and severity of symptoms. I would recommend an assessment with an internal medicine specialist to help guide you on the types of medications and follow-up care that is appropriate.