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Brachycephalic Syndrome In Dogs - What Is It?

Brachycephalic syndrome is predominant in dogs with short muzzles, such as pugs, bulldogs, and Shih Tzu. These dogs have been bred for distinct anatomical features such as narrow nostrils, a face that appears pushed in, an elongated soft palate, and laryngeal saccules that are everted. These can pave the way for problems affecting the upper air passages. These dogs are more prone to suffering from breathing issues and they also tend to snore a lot!

If your brachycephalic dog is prone to episodes of breathing issues, here are some ways to lessen them:

  • Limit your dog’s exposure to environmental conditions that are too hot or humid.
  • Schedule your dog’s physical activities during the cooler hours of the day.
  • Avoid letting your dog engage in physical activities that are too strenuous.
  • Invest in a good body harness. Use it on your dog instead of a neck collar. A body harness won’t exert additional stress on the sensitive tissues of the dog’s air passages. 
  • Avoid situations which can cause dogs to become excited. Train your dog to heed the “keep calm command”

But if respiratory symptoms become worse, bring your pet to your pet clinic New Orleans, LA.

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