Owner Perception of Outcome Following Permanent Tracheostomy in Dogs. Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of this study was to evaluate owner perception of outcome following permanent tracheostomy (PT) in dogs. Medical records of dogs who received PT from 2002 to 2016 were reviewed. A questionnaire was given to owners verbally or by e-mail to ascertain their perception of their dog's outcome after PT. Median time to questionnaire administration from PT surgery was 608 days (64-3,708). Owner satisfaction after PT was high (89.7%), with the majority stating they would have the procedure performed again (79.5%). Owners reported an improvement in their dog's personality (30.8%) and increased activity (41%). Median survival time was 1,825 days (64-2,663), with 6 of 39 dogs (15.4%) alive at study end. Of the 33 dogs who died, 11 (33.3%) died from underlying respiratory conditions suspected to be related to the PT. The overall complication rate was 82.1%, with mucus secretion being the most common. Revision surgery was required in 30.8% of dogs (most commonly due to skin occlusion), and aspiration pneumonia occurred in 17.9% of dogs. Overall, owner satisfaction after PT in dogs is high despite intensive postoperative management, and long survival times can be achieved.

published proceedings

  • J Am Anim Hosp Assoc

author list (cited authors)

  • Davis, A. M., Grimes, J. A., Wallace, M. L., Vetter, C., Sterman, A., Mankin, K. T., ... Schmiedt, C. W.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Davis, Anastacia Marie||Grimes, Janet A||Wallace, Mandy L||Vetter, Catherine AM||Sterman, Allyson||Mankin, Kelley Thieman||Hlusko, Katelyn C||Matz, Brad M||Lin, Samantha||Scharf, Valery F||Cornell, Karen K||Schmiedt, Chad W

publication date

  • September 2018