Many people adore brachycephalic dogs like pugs, bulldogs and boxers because of their unique appearance and affectionate personalities. Unfortunately, these breeds are also prone to a range of health issues, including brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS).
BOAS is a condition that affects dogs with shortened muzzles and flat faces. It can cause a range of symptoms, including difficulty breathing, snoring, coughing, gagging, and exercise intolerance. In severe cases, BOAS can even lead to life-threatening conditions, such as respiratory distress and collapse.
Fortunately, there is a surgical procedure that can help alleviate the symptoms of BOAS and improve the quality of life for affected dogs. This procedure, known as BOAS surgery, is becoming increasingly common, with more and more brachycephalic dog owners seeking treatment for their pets.
Dr Michael Heath, has extensive experience in performing BOAS surgery and helping brachycephalic dogs breathe easier. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what BOAS surgery entails, how it can benefit brachycephalic dogs, and what to expect if your furry friend needs this procedure.