Brachycephaly in dogs and what you need to do to help your dogs breathe

Brachycephaly in dogs is a condition where a dog has a very flat face or what I like to call a “squish face”. The skull is shorter and often the dog has problems with breathing.

In this video, Dr Leigh discusses brachycephaly in dogs and how many of these dogs struggle to breathe and have what is called brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome.

The following conditions are discussed in more detail:

  • elongated soft palate
  • hypoplastic trachea
  • stenotic nares
  • everted laryngeal saccules

BOAS surgery is discussed and the risks associated with this surgery are talked about.  It’s important to remember that this surgery can have complications on recovery.

If we don’t do surgery on these dogs early, the airways deteriorate to such an extent that we risk these dogs dying a sudden death.
Please view this video and read our article Why Your Dog Can’t Breathe And What You Need To Do.

Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome is such an important problem of any brachycephalic breed that I hope you get a better understanding why vets recommend surgery.  Ultimately, it is a welfare problem. Without intervention, many of these dogs struggle to breathe.

Please share this post with people that you know who own or care for brachycephalic dogs. You might just save a life.

If you want to discuss your dog’s condition contact one of our vets now.