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Is there a substitute for Theophylline for my dog. 11 year

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Is there a substitute for Theophylline for my dog. 11 year old Maltese with collapsed trachea.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Drhollowayvet replied 10 months ago.

Hello my name is***** but you can call me Dr. H, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I understand you want to find out if there is a substitute for Theophylline to treat for collapsing trachea.

Actually there are several substitutes: 1) Aminophylline, 2) Terbutaline. These are both bronchodilators, just like Theophylline. Aminiophylline is used more frequently.

- Dr. H

Expert:  Drhollowayvet replied 10 months ago.

Is Lucy on any other medications? Such as Cough tabs, Hydrocodone?

The bronchodilators are still debatable whether they truly make a difference in collapsing trachea patients. However for pets that have collapse right at the throacic inlet, it has been suggested that bronchodilators help with the negative pressure created in this area, allowing pets to breathe better.

Expert:  Drhollowayvet replied 10 months ago.

I am not sure if you are getting my responses? Is there anything else you needed for Lucy today?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I don't see Aminophylline or Terbutaline listed with PetMeds. Do you know where I can get this medication?
Expert:  Drhollowayvet replied 9 months ago.

Since they are both human prescription drugs they can simply be called in by your vet to any human pharmacy (CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, etc). And I was able to find Terbutaline on Dr's Foster and Smith website, see link

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- Dr. H