What should I know about minimally-invasive treatment?
Tracheal collapse- diagnostic and treatment options. What should I know about minimally-invasive treatment?
Dr Erika Meler DVM MSc,MVSc,Dipl ACVIM (SAIM),Dipl ECVIM-CA Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Dr Emily Cook BVSc Resident in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Tracheal collapse is a common presenting complaint in small animal medicine. In this session, we will begin with a review of the basis of the diagnostic and therapeutic management of tracheal collapse. We will then focus on the use of tracheal stenting and answer questions such as: When do I refer? Does any dog suffering from tracheal collapse benefit from stent placement? Will the dog be off any medications afterwards? What are the possible complications?
This session will provide directly applicable information to help clinicians in the day-to-day management of these cases, as well as help them recognise patients that would benefit from a referral and stent placement. Providing the resources for a comprehensive and in-depth client education on what to expect from medical, surgical and minimally-invasive treatment is crucial for the successful long-term management of these patients.