Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome - Onalaska Animal Hospital

Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome: Finding Relief Through Surgery at Onalaska Animal Hospital

Brachycephalic breeds, with their charmingly flattened faces, have captured the hearts of many pet owners. Bulldogs, pugs, and French bulldogs, among others, are beloved for their endearing appearance and delightful personalities. 

However, it's essential to recognize that these breeds are prone to a specific health concern known as Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (BAS). 

In this blog post, we'll explore what BAS entails, its impact on your furry friend's well-being, and how Onalaska Animal Hospital can offer relief.

Understanding Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (BAS)

Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome refers to a group of upper airway abnormalities commonly found in brachycephalic or short-nosed breeds. These abnormalities can collectively lead to restricted airflow, making it challenging for these pets to breathe comfortably. Some of the primary components of BAS include:

  • Stenotic nares: In brachycephalic breeds, the nostrils may be narrow and restricted, hindering the intake of air.
  • Elongated soft palate: The soft palate at the back of the throat may be elongated, partially obstructing the airway and causing noisy breathing and snoring.
  • Hypoplastic trachea: Some dogs with BAS may have a narrower-than-normal windpipe (trachea), further complicating their ability to breathe.
  • Everted laryngeal saccules: The small sacs in the larynx may evert, or turn inside out, adding to airway obstruction.

The Impact of BAS on Your Pet

BAS can significantly impact your pet's quality of life. Dogs with this syndrome may exhibit symptoms such as:

  • Noisy breathing: Snorting, snoring, and wheezing are common sounds in brachycephalic breeds.
  • Exercise intolerance: They may struggle to engage in physical activities and tire quickly.
  • Heat intolerance: Brachycephalic dogs are more susceptible to overheating due to their limited ability to cool down through panting.
  • Gastrointestinal issues: Some may regurgitate food or have difficulty swallowing due to airway obstruction.
  • Respiratory distress: In severe cases, BAS can lead to respiratory distress, which requires immediate medical attention.

Surgery: A Cutting-Edge Solution at Onalaska Animal Hospital

At Onalaska Animal Hospital, we don't just care for pets; we champion their well-being, especially for our short-nosed friends grappling with Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome. That’s why we offer surgery as a game-changing solution. It's more than just a procedure; it's a literal breath of fresh air, packed with a host of advantages:

  • Surgery for brachycephalic airway syndrome significantly improves breathing, allowing pets to engage in activities without distress.
  • By addressing anatomical obstructions, the surgery reduces the risk of life-threatening respiratory crises.
  • Post-surgical pets often experience enhanced sleep quality, free from interrupted breathing patterns.
  • The procedure can extend the lifespan of brachycephalic breeds, ensuring they lead healthier, more active lives.

If you suspect that your brachycephalic pet is suffering from Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome or if you're considering traditional surgery as a treatment option, we encourage you to reach out to Onalaska Animal Hospital. 

Our experienced team, led by veterinarians Dr. Nicole and Dr. Macon, is here to provide expert care and ensure your furry friend enjoys a healthier and happier life.

The bottom line

Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome can be a challenging condition for both pets and their owners. However, there is hope, and Onalaska Animal Hospital is dedicated to offering the latest advancements in veterinary medicine to improve the quality of life for pets affected by BAS. 

If you have any concerns or would like to explore treatment options for your brachycephalic companion, don't hesitate to contact us by visiting our website or calling (608) 668-6777. Your pet's comfort and well-being are our top priorities.