A respiratory condition where there are upper airway abnormalities.
Brachycephalic literally means “shortened head”. This condition therefore typically occurs in flat-faced or short-headed dogs. The smaller space in the skull causes these abnormalities.
Distressed breathing, abnormal breathing, overheating, fainting, unwilling or unable to exercise.
A dog with brachycephalic syndrome may have one or more of these issues which restrict intake of proper amounts of air:
Yes. Dogs that do not get enough oxygen are high risk.
Diagnosis of stenotic snares can be done by a vet with a physical examination of the nostrils. A more in-depth diagnosis of other issues in your dog’s mouth and throat will require general anesthesia.
If your veterinarian has placed your dog under general anesthesia and positively diagnosed airway blocks, they will likely recommend surgery to fix the issues while your dog is already under the medication. Surgery is typically the recommended treatment for any elements of brachycephalic syndrome.
The earlier you receive a diagnosis and proceed with surgery will greatly improve your pup’s life expectancy. However the success of the surgery and you dog depend on how many breathing abnormalities your dog had prior to the surgery.
There are efforts to manage symptoms, but they do not work towards a solution only a “band aid style” fix. These include oxygen therapy and corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
If your dog is overweight, weight loss is an important aspect of treatment. Keep an eye on how much exercise your dog can manage. Keep your dog in cool airconditioned and humidity-controlled areas during hot months. Keep your dog away from stressful situations.