Symptoms
Elongated soft palate
is the most common pug breathing disorder. The soft palate is the flap of skin at the back of the throat. If the palate is too long, it blocks the airway making it difficult for the dog to breathe. The dog can also choke on or spit up pieces of kibble and even faint from lack of air. Signs are severe panting, unable to calm down quickly when excited, and possibly vomiting. Noisy, hoarse breathing when overheated is another symptom.

A vet can check the palate by looking down the dog’s throat, many times while the dog is awake if he/she is quiet and will allow it. Otherwise, a mild sedative can be given so the vet can do a methodical check.

Medical Treatment
Surgery can be done to shorten the palate but is not suggested until the dog is about a year old as the palate may still grow when they are pups, and another procedure may be necessary at a later date. Sometimes the dog may need to have laryngeal saccules or tonsils taken out also, and the vet will do this during the palate clip if required.

Laser surgery is now the most secure way to shorten the palate. It cauterizes as it cuts, reducing the bleeding and swelling, and lessens recovery time. During post-op recovery, only soft food should be given to allow the throat time to heal. Hard kibble can be frustrating. Rice/ground beef or chicken, soft dog food, eggs, oatmeal and even baby food are some of the meals that can be fed. Kibble can also be softened with hot water or gravy.

Healing time varies by dog but normal time is between 2-3 weeks.

Last updated by Twirly the Pug Aug 22, 2008.

REACH 5,000 members

Advertise on Pugslife and reach out to over 5,000 pug owners.  All day, every day.

 

For more information, contact Christine London-Camper

 

We just Love PUGS!!

Twirly Says. . .



Twirly is our resident pug. When she's not napping, she likes to talk. and talk. and talk! Pug health. Pug training. Pug trivia. Pug, pug, pug ... all the time!

Do you know all about pugs? Not until you hear what Twirly Says.

Pugslife shirts

All proceeds go to help keep PUGSLIFE growing

Latest Activity

julie foutch posted photos
Sep 17
julie foutch posted photos
Sep 15
julie foutch posted a status
"Good morning,we are heading into vermont for the day so hope you all have a very lovely day."
Sep 13
julie foutch posted photos
Sep 11
Helena Brown commented on julie foutch's photo
Thumbnail

This is the sniff an smell

"Well Husband has decided to try Cider again, guess what Julie, the first one he had was Angry Orchard from the States which got the thumbs up, his next lot has been two home grown ones as in Scottish, Thissly Cross, he liked them as well, his next…"
Sep 11
julie foutch commented on Di's spoiled kids's group Who's Waiting at Rainbow Bridge
"I will forever miss you my sweet little man,you came into my life and stole my heart and the day you left,you took a part of it with you,run free across that bridge with you sisters and brother run,romp tll we meet again.R.I.P My Golden Treasure."
Sep 9
julie foutch commented on Di's spoiled kids's group Who's Waiting at Rainbow Bridge
Sep 9
Di's spoiled kids posted a blog post

Clydesdale visit to Bristol

Anyone interested in see the pictures from when the Budweiser Clydesdale visited my hometown on Labor Day, check out the connected link. https://www.facebook.com/jmorris1234/posts/939669119478086?hc_location=ufiSee More
Sep 8
YOGI commented on YOGI's photo
Thumbnail

Morning sunshine

"Thanks Di. I love it too."
Sep 8
Di's spoiled kids commented on julie foutch's photo
Thumbnail

This is the sniff an smell

"These places are right up my ally"
Sep 8
Di's spoiled kids commented on julie foutch's photo
Thumbnail

Inside

"Now this looks yummy"
Sep 8
Di's spoiled kids commented on julie foutch's photo
Thumbnail

Peace of heaven

"This looks like a great place"
Sep 8

© 2016   Created by Christine London-Camper.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service