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Lasering in on a better approach to BOAS
September 19, 2022Brachycephalic dog breeds have increased in popularity over the last 15 years while suffering from multiple well-documented health problems. Despite increased general awareness of their conformation-related problems, their appeal continues to grow. The result is increasing numbers of dogs selectively bred for shorter noses, wider faces, and predisposition to brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS).
English bulldog breeding practices require ‘urgent action’
July 5, 2022A newly published study by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has confirmed the extreme physical features of English bulldogs (i.e. shortened muzzles, folded skin, squat body) put the breed at increased risk of developing breathing, eye, and skin conditions.
A perspective on brachycephalic surgery
June 27, 2022Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) is a complex combination of anatomic anomalies leading to restricted air movement in brachycephalic breeds. This syndrome generally includes varying degrees of stenotic nares, everted laryngeal saccules, redundant laryngeal tissue, presence of abnormal concha, elongated soft palate, and tracheal hypoplasia.