Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) is a condition which affects the breathing of flat faced animals.
This can be caused by several factors:
- A very long and thick, soft palette covering the airway
- A narrow trachea/larynx
- The nostrils become stenotic – where they create resistance against airflow
The symptoms your animal may display if they are suffering with BOAS are:
- Loud breathing
- Unwilling to exercise for long periods of time
- Overheating/collapsing due to lack of oxygen circulating
There are several management/treatment options, depending on the severity of the condition.
If symptoms are mild, they could be managed by
- Weight management
- For dogs: walk them on a harness rather than having their lead on their collar
If the symptoms are more severe, surgical intervention may be required. At Warren House, we offer this surgery, which entails resection of the soft palate to enlarge breathing space at the upper airways.
If you are concerned your animal is suffering from this condition, contact us on 01543 373033 to speak to our team!