Due to the conflicting and often inaccurate advice regarding the facts and options available when it comes to the long term health of brachycephalic breeds, Melbourne Bulldog Clinic offers no charge phone education session to all owners of these dogs.
The reasons for this service are:
- Most general practitioners do not give the right advice, especially before desexing.
- The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) now endorses the modern thinking that almost all dogs will benefit from corrective airway surgery before 12 months of age, even if they don’t necessarily need it. Refer to the AVA and RSPCA endorsed Love Is Blind campaign and hear Professor Philip Moses, Specialist Surgeon of VSS explaining why specialists now recommend this.
- Most veterinary surgeons that do offer this surgery only offer nares widening and palate shortening. Although this may give a reasonable initial result, it is far too little. Ideally appropriate airway correction also potentially involves laryngeal saccules removal, tonsil removal, and the most important aspect, palate thinning (not shortening) which most surgeons do not explain. Hence we take some time explaining why these are significant and how to interview your surgeon if considering airway correction, no matter which surgeon you choose – (specialists included), as many of these do not do adequate airway surgery.