Soft Palate Surgery

What is a Soft Palate?

Common symptoms of a long soft palate include a chronic cough, snoring, noisy panting, and gagging when drinking water or excited.

It is most common in breeds with a thick head and short lower jaws-brachycephalic types.

 

Corrective surgery

Any breed can develop soft palate paresis or have a genetic elongation of palate.

Breathing and panting is heavy and laboured, the palate acts like a sail and blocks air movement on inspiration and again on expiration producing noise, breathing difficulties and distress.

Corrective surgery involves removing 1/3 of the palate to open oropharynx and free air flow.

 

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