Elongated Soft Palate

Description: A congenital respiratory condition in animals with shorter heads. It is difficult for the mouth and throat tissues to fit into a shorter face. The palate in this case, is elongated and tends to overlap the epiglottis which can cause breathing issues.

What to Watch For: Signs include difficulty breathing, snorting, snoring, and food regurgitation. Over time it may cause stretched ligaments in the throat and cause laryngeal collapse. If untreated, it can cause developmental problems, difficulty nursing, or death.

Treatment: Treatment for this condition is often surgery.

Treatment Cost: Average cost of surgery ranges from $2000 - $2400.

Breeds prone to Elongated Soft Palate include:


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