I have never agreed with vets’ diagnosis of Tracheal Collapse. Now! granted I haven’t worked with every dog given that diagnosis, but in my 20 years of animal healing, it appears to me that whenever the drugs do not suppress a cough, they are then given that diagnosis saying surgery needed.
Even if a vet could prove to me via pictures that the trachea appeared collapsed, weakened, I would consider that it may be a symptom and question what caused it. If I’m right that the weakened trachea is a symptom of a bigger problem, then surgery would only be a temporary fix.
I have helped many dogs with chronic coughs (diagnosed with tracheal collapse), and I have never “seen” it due to body structure collapsing. To me it appears to be more about the body’s overall condition. Usually one or two healing sessions along with a diet specific to that dog, that situation and the cough goes away. No surgery required.