Elongated Soft Palate in French Bulldogs

Elongated soft palate in French Bulldogs is a common cause for their breathing difficulties. Learn about the signs, as well as its treatment options.

Elongated Soft Palate

The soft palate refers to the soft tissue located at the back of the roof of the mouth. In dogs with an elongated soft palate, this tissue grows too long for the head and can block the entrance of the windpipe.

Elongated soft palate is part of the Brachycephalic Syndrome and many French Bulldogs are born with this issue. It can make breathing difficult for your French Bulldog.

Symptoms of Elongated Soft Palate

  • Difficulty or noisy breathing
  • Snoring
  • Snorting
  • Coughing
  • Gagging
  • Vomiting
  • Bluish gums
  • Heat stroke
  • Exercise intolerance or collapse after exercise Luckily for your Frenchie, there’s a simple surgical procedure that can be performed to remove the tissue blocking the airways. It only takes a few minutes to perform and does not require sutures. This procedure can usually be performed at the same time as a neuter or spay.

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