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Brachycephalic syndrome is a group of anatomical abnormalities that are common in “short-nosed” or “flat-faced” breeds. Animals may have one or more of the following abnormalities:
Stenotic nares: narrow nostrils
Elongated soft palate: soft palate extends into the back of the throat and blocks the airway.
Everted laryngeal saccules: These are small structures in the larynx. Due to the increased breathing effort, these get sucked into the airway, restricting the air flow even more
Collapsing or narrowing trachea: The trachea is narrow or flattened.
Breeds commonly associated with this syndrome are English bulldog, Pugs, Pekingese, Shih tzu, Boston terrier, Shar Pei, King Charles cavalier spaniel and Lhasa Apso. In cats, the Himalayan and Persian breeds are brachycephalic.
Pets with brachycephalic syndrome are predisposed to any of the following problems:
Increased susceptibility to heat stroke
Inability to exercise
Increased anesthetic risk
Clinical signs or symptoms:
Noisy breathing, snorting or snoring
Coughing, especially when excited
Skin fold infections
Dental and periodontal disease
Complete physical exam by your veterinarian
Bloodwork, including blood gases if possible
Radiographs of upper airways
Bronchoscopy (endoscopy of airway)
Bacterial culture from the airway
Most options for treatment are surgical. Surgical procedures are performed from “front to back” or from the nose inward. With surgical laser technology, these procedures can be performed with a minimal amount of bleeding and no need for sutures. Early diagnosing and treatment of brachycephalic syndrome increases the level of success since the condition can worsen with time and cause other abnormalities.
Nydia Melissa Perez, DVM 9/11
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