Breathing Issues in Dogs

Does your dog frequently retch/regurgitate, wheeze, tire easily or snore? If so, they may have brachycephalic airway syndrome.

Brachycephalic airway syndrome (BAS) is a condition affecting animals with a “squashed” face. The condition is far more common in dogs than cats and can severely impact their quality of life.

Breeds commonly affected by BAS include pugs, French bulldogs, Australian bulldogs, English bulldogs, Shih Tzu and Boston Terriers. These brachycephalic breeds have greatly increased in popularity in recent years, which in turn has seen an increase in the rate of corrective surgeries performed here at Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic. It is extremely important for all brachycephalic dogs to have their airways assessed and the easiest time to do this is generally at desexing as a thorough assessment of the upper airways requires the dog to be anaesthetised.

The assessment and correction of BAS are so crucial as dogs living with these congenital abnormalities will have difficulty moving air even at rest, resulting in exercise intolerance, hypoxaemia (lack of oxygen) and collapse.

This condition can be life-threatening and is exacerbated by obesity, heat and humidity.

The term BAS encompasses three major congenital defects which can be seen on their own or together.

  • An elongated soft palate means that the passage of air through the larynx (voice box) is obstructed by an unusually long soft palate.
  • Stenotic nares is the term used to describe small or narrowed nostrils.
  • Everted laryngeal saccules is a condition wherein part of the larynx itself obstructs air flow.

Southern Cross Vet are experts in correcting these abnormalities to help pugs breathe better long term, why:

We’ve invested in a state-of-the-art system called the Caiman, found only in human operating rooms, until now. It has reduced operating time by over 30 minutes, eliminated bleeding & bruising post op. It give your pet a more predictable outcome and can go home the same day without 24×7 vet monitoring, and has a shorter, safer anaesthetic.
Experience: We have performed many of this procedure and have a success rate of over 95%
Care: Southern Cross Vet is known for caregivers that heal and hug in equal measure, so you can rest assured your companion animal friend will be treated with dignity and respect while in hospital

These abnormalities are all significant and should be corrected surgically to ensure the best quality of life for your pet.

Here at Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic, we use cutting-edge technology in the hands of experienced surgeons to ensure minimal trauma and recovery time. With the use of human-grade electrocautery instruments, we ensure that minimal blood is spilt while greatly reducing the risks of infection and surgical failure through eliminating the use of sutures within the throat.

If you are concerned that your dog may have BAS, or would simply like to take advantage of our free BAS airway exam, then please do not hesitate to contact the clinic on 95160234, reception@southerncrossvet.com.au or book an appointment through our online booking system HERE

Here are some reviews from our satisfied BAS clients:

Brennan Carrick-Clark 1 review

3 months ago

We have been so impressed by the service we continue to receive from Dr Sam and the whole team at Southern Cross. Our Boston Terrior recently had his BAS surgery and his whole quality of life has been improved. I would recommend this procedure to anyone with a fur baby who struggles to breath and you can rest easy knowing your pet is in the hands of the best vets.

Jenny Quintal reviewed Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic Sydney — 5 star

January 16

Louie just had his BAS Surgery here and the staff at SCV were absolutely wonderful! They went above and beyond to make sure Louie was cared for, and that I was up to date with his progress xx thank you!