Willows Veterinary Centre is offering advice to owners of brachycephalic or ‘flat-faced’ dogs following a national warning issued by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), which has made a number of recommendations to people who own or are thinking of buying one of these fashionable breeds.
Pugs, English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Shih Tzus are among those affected by Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS), which can cause problems including extreme breathing difficulty, poor exercise tolerance and collapse.
The leading animal hospital in Solihull, which has performed dozens of airway operations on brachycephalic dogs this year alone, is now set to host a series of BOAS clinics, which will be led by Specialist soft tissue surgeon Chris Shales and will see affected animals go from diagnosis to treatment.
Chris said: “The advice from the BVA is useful for those considering buying or adopting a new pet, but there are of course a significant number of people who already own brachycephalic dogs. Many of these pets will be showing signs of BOAS and these owners often benefit from advice on how to recognise and manage the condition.
“We have managed a high volume of cases in this area for many years but have decided to expand our service provision in order to meet the specialist needs of these popular short-nosed breeds, particularly following the latest comments which are sure to cause concern amongst this very dedicated group of pet owners.”
The clinics held will be open to all animals referred by their vet due to signs of brachycephalic airway problems and will give an insight into medical management as well as discussing surgical options to improve airflow and respiratory function.
In some cases BOAS can be associated with signs of gastro-oesophageal reflux and hiatal hernias which makes the consideration of several body systems necessary during their care. There are also a number of other non-airway related conditions which are common in brachycephalic breeds, and these symptoms will also be discussed in detail.
An expert in his field, Chris will also be visiting veterinary practices around the region to provide tips on how to diagnose this complex condition and sharing examples of clinical cases with vets and veterinary nurses.
For more information on Willows or to find out more about the brachycephalic clinics, please visit www.willows.uk.net or call 0121 712 7070.