Caring for Brachycephalic Dogs
Brachycephalic (short-headed) syndrome is a very real condition affecting certain dog (and cat) breeds, including Bulldogs, Pugs, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Boxers, and others. The thing that all of these breeds have in common is a flat face and a short, broad skull that results in a flattened or undersized throat and breathing passage. Some of the main issues these breeds have include:
- An elongated soft palate
- Stenotic nares – narrow, malformed nostrils that collapse inward when the dog inhales
- Everted Laryngeal Saccules – when tissue in the airway partially obstructs airflow through the trachea (windpipe)
- A collapsed larynx
- Narrow trachea
- Gastric reflux
In addition to helping your pet at home, you can also speak with us about ways we can improve their condition. Our team can provide surgery to correct elongated soft palates and narrow nasal passages, and we can offer further advice for making their life a happier one.
Consider Getting Pet Health Insurance
Due to their unique head and body shape, brachycephalic breeds are prone to having more medical issues than most other breeds, including the unique airway challenges mentioned above. Pet health insurance can be a life saver should an unforeseen medical problem arise. We recommend learning more about these insurance providers:
Contact us at (770) 479-7141 for more information about your pet’s condition or your pet insurance options. We’re always here to help you!