Dr Belinda's Daily Vetlife - Elongated Soft Palate Surgery
Meet Henry, Henry had an elongated soft palate. He underwent surgical resection which is going to help him to breathe better. An elongated soft palate is one part of brachycephalic syndrome which affects those squashed nose breeds such as French bulldogs, Australian Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers and Tibetan Spaniels.
Brachycephalic sydnrome is comprised of stenotic nares (narrowed nostrils), elongated soft palate (as seen in Henry), and everted larygneal saccules. These patients will often also have a hypoplastic trachea (their windpipe is often too small for the size of their body) and can also suffer with a collapsing trachea.
Brachycephalic dogs are much more prone to heat stress, difficult and obstructive breathing. Mahy of these dogs will need surgical correction to help them cope on a daily basis.
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