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 comprehensive consultations (these can be in clinic or by phone) to give owners all the information they need before making any decisions.
The reasons for our extensive informative consultations, including individual patient risk assessments and benefits are:
- Most general practitioners do not give the right advice, especially before desexing. Understanding everything you need to know before desexing avoids frustration.
- 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.
- The older dogs that present to our clinic with increasing signs of airway concerns at 2-8 years of age are distraught that the information we offer was never explained to them by their own vets before desexing. Some of these vets were supposedly well-respected Bulldog vets.
- We thoroughly explain the 25/30 test so you can self-monitor BOAS at home and assess any progression with time.
- Need Vs Benefit is explained, with individual patient benefits assessed.
- 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.
- Although you may or may not decide to proceed to airway assessment under anaesthesia, we feel it’s extremely important that you at least have the correct information so that you do not make any ill informed decision.
- Meet Dr Karin Davids to understand the expertise our leading surgeon offers our clients.
- Refer to case studies, testimonials and Dr Karin Davids revision surgeries (many from some of Melbourne’s leading specialist surgeons).
- Although you may or may not decide to proceed to airway assessment under anaesthesia, we feel it’s extremely important that you at least have the correct information so that you do not make any decision in ignorance.
Call our clinic to book in for your BOAS phone or in clinic consultation.