The Anatomical Concerns that Lead to Long Term Inhibitory Changes
The turbulent airflow and altered airway pressure caused by brachycephalic anatomy lead to two problems:
- Reduced oxygen intake resulting in a life less comfortable (despite seemingly getting around fine). The vast majority of dogs are often assessed as “fine” because they are coping through life OK.
Our preference is that this vast majority actually cope better than just OK. Our preference is that they breathe as easily as they possibly can, ideally not snoring and not needing to be restricted on hot days.
- Secondary changes that worsen the above concern with time, usually leading to a life becoming slowly more uncomfortable, but occasionally leading to significant discomfort or even life threatening concerns. About 10-20%.