Fendi: The Dog with A Collapsed Trachea.


Fendi is a 12.5 year-old female spayed Maltese who was referred to Dr. Erinne Branter in the ACCESS Los Angeles interventional radiology/endoscopy department for severe coughing for a week.

She was very uncomfortable and had not been able to rest or sleep due to the severity of her cough. She was found to have a collapsing trachea, which was causing the coughing. The trachea, or “windpipe,” is a tube made up of rings of cartilage, through which air is transported to and from the lungs. Sometimes though, the tracheal rings begin to collapse, and as air is squeezed through, a characteristic honking cough results.


Figure 1 – tracheal collapse mid trachea

Fendi had been placed on medications to help her condition but was not responding well. Her family then decided to proceed with a stenting procedure to help open up Fendi’s trachea.
Tracheal stents are placed in a minimally invasive fashion with no incision and traditional neck ring placement surgeries are not necessary. The stents are placed through the mouth and into the trachea to open the collapsed airway. This allows airflow into the lungs and typically makes it possible for these patients to stop coughing and breathe more easily.


Figure 2 – post tracheal stent with open tracheal

Fendi was able to go home the next day on medical management for her tracheal collapse and has slowly been weaned off of most of her medications. Her tracheal stent does not impact her daily activities, but it does now allow her to breathe easier and gives her a chance at a longer life with her loving family.


Time to celebrate!



This week we celebrated our owner, Dr. Rich Mills’ birthday!

We are lucky to work in a place where we’re able to help animals and make meaningful connections; and that is all because of Dr. Mills. We’re thankful for him every day and we’re excited to celebrate his big day with him!




Helping our human friends…



From now until December 19th, you can drop off a new toy that is not wrapped at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, or ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in San Fernando Valley.

All donations will be taken to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital this weekend so that the young patients may have gifts in time for Christmas.




Tails from the road…Nephro ho ho!

Dr. Adam Eatroff, our newest internal medicine specialist, joined me on visits to primary veterinarians to spread some holiday cheer recently!

The ‘sleigh’ was packed and bells were jingling, and we got the word out about him starting our Nephrology Department at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in Los Angeles. Dr. Eatroff was able to answer numerous questions for primary veterinarians about hemodialysis, and looks forward to more visits in the New Year!

Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals