The soft palate is a small flap of skin in the back of an animals throat. In some animals with shorter heads, the palate may be longer, causing some breathing complications. An elongated soft palate is considered to be a congenital respiratory condition and certain dog breeds, such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, and French Bulldogs are more susceptible to to this condition. With this condition, the elongated soft palate may overlap the epiglottis and cause respiratory issues such as severe panting, vomiting, snorting, snoring, difficulty breathing, hoarse breathing, overheating, and food regurgitation.
Diagnosis is usually done by having your veterinarian check your dogs throat to see if the palate is elongated and blocking the airway. Surgery is an available option for treatment however it may range from $2,000-$4,000. If left untreated, the pet may experience difficulty nursing, problems developing, and in some cases, death.
To learn more about elongated soft palate in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.
Has your pet ever experienced any problems with elongated soft palate? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.