A Little About Brachycephalic Dogs

When a person refers to ‘brachycephalic’ this refers to dogs bred to have short/flat noses. You will commonly see this in (though not restricted to) breeds such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Shih Tzus, Boston Terriers and Pekingese. This breed trait can lead to breathing problems due to their face structure being squished and placing pressure on their respiratory system, which in turn reduces their ability to take in air. Also commonly the skin folds of these breeds can create issues requiring surgical correction.

Will My Dog Need Surgical Correction?

Many brachycephalic dogs suffer in some form, however this can be slight enough they go their entire life without too great of issue. In more severe cases you will see your pet in respiratory distress. This can range from being easily short of breath to collapsing from activity. There can also be digestive troubles. If your dog displays loud breathing and snoring it’s a good idea to have them checked by the vet. Also if they are regularly gagging or regurgitating.

If these signs show, typically we will recommend a CT scan to study the structure of the skull and associated soft tissues, with a particular interest in the nasal cavities and soft palate. This will allow the vets to decide if surgically widening the nares and shortening the soft palate (most common surgery) or other options are recommended for your pets health.

Common Signs of Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS)?

  • Snoring while resting or during exercise
  • Vocal breathing at rest or during exercise
  • Difficulty breathing when exercising or playing
  • Frequent nasal discharge
  • Poor tolerance to heat stress
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Regular regurgitation & vomiting
  • Collapse during or after active behaviours
  • Slow to recover from exercise or playtime

Why Bring my Pet to Veterinary Associates for Investigation & Treatment?

Veterinary Associates Takanini offer the highest quality of care and have  a reputation for doing so at reasonable pricing. Led by Dr Andrew Bootle, the Takanini Vet are committed to servicing their local community with the highest standard of veterinary care. We are well regarded by breeders in the area for these reasons and our surgeons and wider team have a extensive experience in the treatment of dog with BOAS.