Brachicephalic Syndrome

Congenital and hereditary condition adquire by dogs that have a wider head and a flattened muzzle, brachicephalic breeds. The breeds most at risk are the Bulldog, Pug, Pekinese, Boxer, Boston Terrier, Shar Pei, and certain Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso.

One anomaly seen in this syndrome is stenosis of the nostrils where the patient’s nostrils are partially or completely obstructed, which prevents the air from circulating well in the respiratory system consequently the dog is continually out of breath and is forced to breathe through the mouth. In addition, some patients, will also present an elongation of the soft palate, which is the organ in charge of blocking the esophagus when breathing or the trachea when eating, depending on the activity of the dog. In the affected dogs, the abnormally long veil remains stuck and blocks the passage of air in the trachea, causing noises and breathing difficulties (snoring) a higher risk of heat stroke, intolerance to exercise and increased cardiac work.

The correction of these anomalies is performed surgically. It is possible to remove part of the nostrils and the veil of the palate to clear the airways. Surgery is done by laser to limit pain, reduce bleeding and improve healing.
Recuparation is relatively fast and surgery has a high success rate. You will then see an enormous improvement in the quality of life of your pet.

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