Have Bulldog Will Travel
- Jan 20, 2016
- United States
- Bulldog(s) Names
- Lala, Dozer, & Chesty
GL to you! I hope all goes well and your pup has a quick recovery. Keep in mind that a Hypoplastic Trachea is completely separate from elongated soft palate.My bulldog puppy is doing the same thing! I got her at 5 months old and the breeder said she was a little raspy but she got a clean bill of health. Fast forward a few weeks and I ended up at the ER vet with her because she got aspiration pneumonia (thank God for pet insurance). At the ER vet they said she has a narrow trachea and will need palate surgery and possibly nares. She spent almost a week at the ER vet and was doing great. Then about two weeks later she had a relapse but not as serious, she was put on oxygen for an hour and sent home with antibiotics. She just had an appointment with the surgeon and will be having palate surgery on the 29th of this month. Im extremely nervous and scared about this surgery but the vet did explain in great detail and said she will be fine because she is young, not over weight and has a neck. He also said her nares do not need to be done but that he was going to remove the sacs in her throat because they can cause breathing issues as well and she doesnt need them. Hoping your puppy is doing better now!!
"Stenotic nares: Narrow, small nostrils make it difficult for the dogs to draw in air through the nose.
- Elongated soft palate: Excessive tissue of the soft palate can obstruct the flow of air through the pharynx and larynx (upper throat). This is the most common component of the brachycephalic airway syndrome.
- Everted laryngeal saccules: These small sacs in the very back of the throat are normally inverted (tucked away) and cannot be seen. With excessive negative pressure, which occurs when these dogs inhale, they can be sucked inside out– everted —and further obstruct the airway.
- Hypoplastic trachea: The windpipe, or trachea, may be narrower in diameter than normal, resulting in increased resistance to airflow when the animal breaths. The symptoms of this syndrome vary based on the severity of the anatomic irregularities. The abnormal structures are present from birth, but obvious problems often do not arise until the dog is over 2 years of age. Some dogs only develop mild symptoms and do not require intervention. Heavy snoring during sleep, or the typical “snorting” of an excited bulldog or Boston terrier are mild examples, and many dogs are not otherwise affected. However, at the other extreme, some dogs develop such a degree of airway obstruction that they have trouble breathing at all, especially on inhaling."