Brachycephalic or flat faced breeds of dog are characterised
by having a compressed face with poorly developed nostrils
and distorted upper airways. These anatomic exaggerations
lead to increased respiratory effort causing snoring, mouth
breathing and exercise intolerance.
"Suki" was without doubt the loudest snorer
for her size I have ever heard. The nose cartilages lack
normal rigidity and will easily collapse on inspiration,
not unlike sucking up a drink through a damp paper straw.
After some discussion we elected to schedule "Suki"
for a "nose job" when she was 6 months old in
an effort to open up her airways.This procedure involves
a degree of plastic surgery in an effort to widen the nostrils
thereby improving airflow.
Within 10 days of surgery "Suki" has had her
sutures removed and is able to feel the benefits of her
beautiful new nose. Her owners are also able to hear the
benefits of a much less noisy companion!
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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