BOAS stands for “Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome,” and it affects brachycephalic or flat-faced dog breeds including English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs, and Boxers. Due to the unusually shortened skulls of these breeds, they tend to have excess soft palate tissue, deformed airways and narrower nostrils than dogs with longer snouts and a more normal skull shape.
BOAS can result in many health issues for brachycephalic dog breeds, including laryngeal collapse, heart disease, regurgitation, and a high risk for obesity and overheating on warm days. To diagnose this condition in your pet, they will need to be thoroughly examined and undergo testing that confirms BOAS, or a high risk for BOAS.
Dr. Cabrera of Cutting Edge Surgical Referrals is qualified to perform BOAS surgery to reduce or prevent life-threatening conditions in brachycephalic dog breeds and improve their quality of life.
What BOAS Surgery Does for the Pet
Due to the dangers associated with BOAS, surgical intervention may be recommended for a pet to reconstruct its airway and reduce their risk for the conditions mentioned above.
Brachycephalic dogs have a much thicker soft palate than dogs with longer and more normally developed skulls, and this thickened soft palate can severely obstruct the airway. The only way to open up the airway and improve the flow of oxygen for your pet is to reduce both the length and thickness of the soft palate.
It is important to note that patients should not be discharged the same day following BOAS surgery, as they need to be monitored for swelling and any potential complications during recovery.