- Dogs with a tracheal perforation should be hospitalized for oxygen therapy
- It should be kept in a low-stress environment with as little stimuli as is possible
- In cases of iatrogenic perforation, healing is spontaneous as long as medical and supportive therapy are provided
- If pneumothorax develops, thoracocentesis and even thoracostomy tubes may be indicated
- Surgery is indicated if the patient does not stabilize or decompensates (the heart is unable to maintain adequate blood circulation), or if the tracheal rupture is secondary to a blunt trauma or penetrating wound
- Tracheal cutting and rejoining to another uninjured part of the trachea is indicated in cases of severe tracheal damage or tracheal avulsion
Living and Management
Your veterinarian will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor healing of the surgical incisions if surgery was indicated. Dogs that suffer from an avulsed trachea (one that has been torn away) and do not receive surgery may suffer sudden death. In fact, even with surgery, an animal with a repaired avulsed trachea have a guarded prognosis.
Call your veterinarian immediately if signs of redness, oozing or swelling are noted at the surgical incision site. The veterinarian should also be called immediately, on an emergency basis, if your dog begins to have difficulty breathing.
The prediction of a disease’s outcome in advance
The puncturing of a hole in the wall of the chest as a means of drawing out fluid or air
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A medical condition in which gas or air collects in the pleural space
The windpipe; it carries air from the bronchi to the mouth
The membrane that covers the wall of the abdomen and pelvic area
The tearing or breaking away of a part.
Anything that is created through a method of treatment
The space in the abdomen that holds the major digestive organs in an animal. Normally referred to as the area between the diaphragm and the pelvis. Also referred to as the peritoneal cavity.