Everything you should know about BOAS
Are you concerned about the loud snoring or labored breathing of your Frenchie dog? Yes? Then probably he is suffering from the health condition that is common among brachy dogs like French Bulldogs, pug, Lhasa Apso, etc..
If you own a Frenchie, here we have listed everything of what Frenchie owners need to know about Boas.
So what is this health condition BOAS?
Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome or BOAS is the condition that predominately affects dogs that have shortened or squished faces. The reason is solely the physiology of their head. The elongated soft palate of a Frenchie dog obstructs their windpipe. French Bulldogs have really narrow windpipes with cuts off the air supply from the outside environment, causing it difficulty while breathing.
What are the symptoms to identify BOAS?
Well, there are many symptoms that help to identify this syndrome among Frenchie Dogs. Here we have listed a few primary ones.
- Respiratory Noise
- Stenotic nares
- Gastrointestinal signs and eating difficulties
- Obstructive sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing
- Heat intolerance
- Cyanosis and collapse
How can you prevent your Frenchie suffering from BOAS?
French dogs that are suffering from BOAS to a great extent needs to be surgically operated to correct the conformation issue to help the pet gain a safe and good life.
But if your French dog has a mild presentation of BOAS then here we have few tips to ensure your Frenchie never goes under the knife.
Obesity among French Bulldogs worsens the condition of BOAS. An overweight brachy dog is more prone to trap the heat into the body, which increases the chance to get a heart stroke. Hence monitoring their exercise, avoiding heat will help your pup to exacerbate the condition.
- Get your French dog cooling accessories
It’s evident; French bulldogs is not really fond and comfortable in high temperatures. Therefore getting a cooling mat or a cooling bandana will do tons for your dog to overcome this condition.
If you have a pool, get him a waterproof French Bulldog Jacket that comes along with extra padding, thus helping your dog to float in the water and will help to prevent your pooch from overheating.
- Reduce Physical activity
To avoid your dog from getting overweight, physical activity is a must. But physical activity increases the energy need, which makes often makes it difficult to breathe. Therefore one important thing to monitor is the frequency of the physical activity and the sound it makes during the activity.
- Invest in a no choke no pull health harness
If you are really concerned about your pooch not to suffer from BOAS, then get him a health harness that is specifically designed for Dogs with BOAS. The difference between a health harness and a regular is that the latter causes more discomfort among dogs, thus increasing distress and reducing comfort.
French dogs are a playful, affectionate, alert, intelligent dog that anytime makes your heart melt away. If you own a Frenchie dog or is even planning to get one, taking proper health measures for your pup is a must. As the motto of French Bulldogs “Love the one you’re with.”