Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome in English Bulldog

Vet Bill: $6,858

June - English Bulldog


Realizing your pet is struggling to breathe can be a scary thing. But when pet parent Adrienne G. rushed June, an 8-year-old English Bulldog, to the vet, she wasn't expecting something as serious as brachycephalic airway syndrome.

Adrienne shares June’s full story:

“The Wednesday before Thanksgiving 2016 June appeared restless and was breathing abnormally. We made her an appointment that afternoon with her veterinarian. When she got there, they said she had fluid in her lungs, so they put her on oxygen and gave her medicine to drain her lungs. Her vet told us she needed to be taken to an emergency room immediately.

By the time she arrived there, she had vomited white sputum and her tongue turned white. They intubated her and assisted her with oxygen because her trachea area was swollen, causing her to breath out of an area the size of a coffee straw. Later that night, her vet called and asked us to make a tough decision - to do a temporary tracheotomy, with little hope of recovery, or let her go. We chose to do a temporary trach, which gave her time for the swelling to go down.

She was diagnosed with brachycephalic airway syndrome, typical for most short-nosed dogs, and they did a surgery to shorten her soft palate and expand her nostrils. The entire experience lasted eight days before June was released to come home. She now breathes better than ever.

Embrace's staff showed great compassion. If we didn't have pet insurance, we might not have been able to make the decisions needed to keep June alive. ”

June's Claim Refund

Claim Details Amount
Actual Vet Bill $6,858.32
Covered Charges $6,858.32
Annual Deductible -$500
20% Co-pay -$1,271.66
Total Embrace Reimbursement $5,086.66
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