Laryngeal Collapse in French Bulldogs

Frenchies with their smooshed faces are susceptible to a condition known as laryngeal collapse. Learn about the symptoms and treatment!


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Laryngeal Collapse

The larynx, or voice box, protects the lungs for aspiration while swallowing, allows for barking & growling, and servers as a passage for airflow to the lungs.

Laryngeal collapse is a condition that happens when there is a loss of the rigidity and support for the laryngeal cartilage, causing the larynx, or voice box, to collapse. This leads to severe respiratory problems that make it hard for your dog to breathe in.

This condition usually develops in dogs older than two years of age, but can happen earlier in brachycephalic breeds such as the French Bulldog.

What causes laryngeal collapse in French Bulldogs? Laryngeal collapse usually develops as a complication to long-standing brachycephalic syndrome.

Brachycephalic syndrome can place a lot of strain on the respiratory system over the years so it’s crucial that you treat problems such as elongated soft palates, everted laryngeal saccules, and stenotic nares before they progress into something worse.

What can you do if your French Bulldog is suffering from laryngeal collapse? Luckily, there are many different treatments options depending on the severity of the laryngeal collapse.

Treatment of Mild Cases of Laryngeal Collapse

  • Shortening the elongated soft palate
  • Enlargement of the nostrils (stenotic nares)
  • Removal of excessive, obstructive tissues within the throat.

Treatment of Moderate to Severe Cases of Laryngeal Collapse

Portions of the collapsed cartilages may have to be surgically removed.

Treatment of Severe, Persistent Cases of Laryngeal Collapse

In severe cases, a permanent tracheostomy may be required.


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