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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My friend has a 12 year old silky hair yorkie terrier he has

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My friend has a 12 year old silky hair yorkie terrier he has a trachea problem as his breed does and is on medication. Would an inhaler benefit him so he breaths easier and what kind can I research for him
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 8 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. While antiinflammatory glucocorticoids and bronchodilators are usually administered orally to patients suffering from collapsing trachea, dosing these drugs by meter dose inhalers (MDI) is acceptable. There's no marked benefit from such an avenue of administration, however.

MDIs come in many sizes and shapes and so Alex's vet is best when deciding which would be most appropriate for Alex. The vet can then order it for your friend. MDIs are also available online. Please see here:

There are MDIs for the bronchodilator albuterol as well as the glucocorticoid fluticasone, the doses of which should be determined by Alex's vet. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.