Iggy's breathing difficulties
Iggy is a Boston terrier. As you can see from his picture the Boston terrier has a pushed in or short face. In veterinary terms we call this brachycephalic. Brachycephalic breeds generally have trouble breathing and are known to make a lot of noise while inhaling and exhaling. They also have an elongated soft palate (the soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth) which can cause snoring and grunting. It can also be a problem when exercising and can cause fainting or collapse. Iggy visited us recently to have his soft palate reduced with the intent to clear his airways to allow him to breath comfortably.
Iggy underwent surgery and had a section of the tissue removed. The surgery went smoothly and he recovered nicely with a small amount of swelling. We will have to wait until the swelling goes down to see how successful the surgery was but so far Iggy has done really well and his breathing already seems to be much better.