A number of breeds are noted for their flattened facial
features which can unfortunately impact adversely on their
respiratory tract. The most obvious of which is a condition
known as "stenotic nares" which defines the narrowing
of the nostrils to a point where airflow has become restricted.
Clearly, to any of us who have experienced the "blocked"
sensation which comes with a "cold" caused by
the inflammation of the lining of the respiratory tract
this is not a good thing!
Fortunately for those who are severely affected there is
a very neat piece of plastic surgery that can open these
airways to some extent thereby improving that "blocked"
sensation. I'm afraid that simply sucking a lozenge isn't
up to the task in this instance!
"Mica" a Shih Tsu puppy was one such patient
who at the early age of 4 months is now able to "breathe
Whilst there is always a great sense of satisfaction in
helping those who have been victims of fashion I am assured
by my friends that I needn't be concerned about being one
myself! I've never really been sure whether that is good
or not - however I am pleased to hear that after a 15 year
absence tank tops are back in!
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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