Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome (BOAS)

Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome (BAOS) pug care

Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome (BOAS) is commonly found in pugs, in fact our little puggy friends are often the poster child for this condition. Pugs, as well as other dogs with BOAS are heard before they are seen, you will often hear them snoring or breathing quite loudly!

Pugs are a brachycephalic breed meaning they have been bred to have flat noses, which in turn leads to a variety of breathing problems.

What is Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome?

Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome makes it harder for pugs to draw in the appropriate breath needed to get a proper lungful of air. You will often hear a pug panting very loudly, and quickly. Part in reason for this is that there has been a narrowing of the pugs throat, windpipe and nostrils.

Symptoms of BOAS

  • Excessive snoring
  • Narrowed nostrils and nasel noise
  • Heat intolerance
  • Thickened soft palate
  • Reverse sneezing
  • Obstructive sleep apnea

How to manage Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome

Avoid your pug from overheating. Manage your pugs weight and get regular exercise. A range of surgical options are available. The pugs nostrils can be widened in order to open up the airways, elongated soft palate can be shortened and a range of other options are available. Consult a veterinary professional before considering any surgical options.


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