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Soft Palate Surgery
Ruby, in recovery

This week at the clinic, little Ruby - the very cute 6-month old black pug - had surgery to correct her narrow airway. Pugs, like Boxers, Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels have a very short nose, which although endearing, does lead to breathing problems. So, while under a general anaesthetic, we widened her nostrils and shortened her soft palate, which is the tissue in the roof of the mouth that separates the back of the nose from the mouth. These procedures should allow a lot more airflow, which will help her to breathe more easily now and in the future. Though she weighs only as much as a newborn baby, Ruby sailed through the surgery, and enjoyed the close attention she received all afternoon.

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