BOAS Surgery

BOAS Surgery 

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome occurs in flat faced (Brachycephalic) breeds of dogs e.g. French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Pugs, Pekinese, Boston Terriers and cats e.g. Persians.

It’s a group of conditions which result in difficulties when breathing.

  • Narrow nostrils: reduces the amount of air which can be breathed in and out.
  • Elongated soft palate: the soft part of the roof of the mouth is excessively long for the length of the mouth and partially blocks the entrance to the trachea.
  • Small trachea: the windpipe is narrow meaning less air can be breathed into the lungs.

Signs that your pet may have BOAS include noisy breathing, loud snoring and gasping type breaths especially when it is hot or they are doing exercise.

Surgery can be performed to widen the nostrils and reduce the size of the soft palate. This will allow greater airflow into the lungs and make it easier for them to breathe.

Following corrective surgery your pet will be able to enjoy exercise more freely and their snoring should reduce giving everyone a better night’s sleep!

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