REFERRAL CASE: Lottie the Pug
Lottie is a 5-year-old Pug who came to see Horatio due to her breathing problems. For most of her life, she had struggled to exercise and would collapse whenever she was excited – her tongue would turn blue and she made choking sounds. Understandably, this was very worrying for both Lottie and her owners.
Referral surgeon Horatio examined Lottie and found that her nostrils were ‘severely stenosed’, meaning the openings were too small to get enough air into her lungs. He recommended an anaesthetic to look at her throat and x-ray her lungs. This would help him plan surgery to make it easier for her to breathe.
Lottie was suffering from BOAS – Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome – a condition which is very common in flat-faced breeds like Pugs and French Bulldogs. She was taken to theatre for an intricate operation to widen her nostrils and shorten her soft palate. When she woke up she could breathe through her nose like a normal dog.
Lots of flat-faced dogs suffer with BOAS, and surgery can give them a new lease of life. Within a week Lottie was enjoying a good quality of life with unrestricted exercise. We’re so happy for this beautiful girl and her family!
If you are at all concerned about your own dog, please do get in touch with us. As Lottie proves, there are things we can do to help pets suffering with BOAS, allowing them to live a much happier, healthier life.