Michele (dishwasher) wrote in boston_buddies,

Narrow trachea?!

Well, i just had someone find me on myspace and ask me to adopt a 10 month old english bulldog pup with a narrow trachea. She is a breeder and this pup came up with the condition. She hasn't told me how much the adoption fee will be yet, but she said that she really wants the dog to go to a good home. She said that if this dog gains to mch weight then it can die.

I looked up what i could find about the condition and this is about all i could find:

"Hypoplastic (narrow) Trachea:
Bulldogs tend to have small tracheas considering their size. The average trachea measures between 6-9, which is based on the size of the trachea tube used during surgery. The higher the number, the wider the trachea.

The most common signs of a narrow trachea are shortness of breath, gurgling sounds, wheezing, The only way to know if your dog has this is with an x-ray.

Unfortunately, nothing can be surgically done to correct this problem. The best way to treat this is to limit strenuous exercise and keep the dog’s weight down. The less weight, the less strain on the body.

Many bulldogs live long and happy lives with this as long as they are monitored carefully."

I know this is a boston group, but since bostons are short nosed also i was woundering if anyone else here knows of a dog with his condition or has one. How bad is it? I can keep the dogs weight down no problem, but for the strenuous exercise that can be hard. all the bulldog i know of are ruff and tumble guys that like to play hard, well then again the ones i know are still young.

if you could help me out please let me know! I'm going to give my vet a call tomorrow and see if i can get anymore info out of him.

Thanks guys!!!

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