Specialist soft tissue surgeon Chris Shales is to host a series of brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) clinics to assist owners of flat muzzle breeds.

A significant number of people own brachycephalic dogs, many of which will be showing signs of BOAS.

The move follows a BVA warning about BOAS to potential owners thinking about acquiring breeds such as pugs, English bulldogs, French bulldogs and shih-tzus.

Benefit from advice

Dr Shales, of Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in Solihull, 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.

Chris Shales
Specialist soft tissue surgeon Chris Shales.

“We have managed a high volume of cases in this area for many years, but have decided to expand our service provision to meet the specialist needs of these popular short-nosed breeds, particularly following the latest comments, which are sure to cause concern among this very dedicated group of pet owners.”

Insight into medical management

The clinics will be open to all animals referred to Willows by their vet due to signs of brachycephalic airway problems. They aim to 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.

A number of other non-airway related conditions are also common in brachycephalic breeds, and these symptoms will also be discussed in detail.

Dr Shales will also be visiting veterinary practices around the west midlands 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, visit Willows’ website or telephone 0121 712 7070.
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