Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome Surgery in Dogs


Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (BAS) is a condition that affects short-nosed (brachycephalic) dog breeds, such as Bulldogs, Pugs, and Boston Terriers. These breeds often have anatomical abnormalities that can lead to breathing difficulties, overheating, and other health issues. Surgery is recommended to improve airflow, enhance quality of life, and prevent life-threatening complications.

Why This Surgery?

Dogs with BAS may suffer from several anatomical issues, including stenotic nares (narrowed nostrils), elongated soft palate, and everted laryngeal saccules, contributing to obstructed airways. Without surgical intervention, affected dogs can experience chronic discomfort, difficulty breathing, and severe overheating.

Why Choose Allied Veterinary Service for Your Dog’s Surgery?

  • Our surgeons have undergone rigorous residency training in small animal orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. 
  • Our doctors will care for your pet 24/7 before and after your pet’s surgery and tailor treatment according to the patient’s needs. 
  • We have the capability of continuous oxygen therapy, which is especially important for BAS surgeries.

What Does the Surgery Involve?

The surgery typically addresses the primary issues contributing to BAS:

  • Stenotic Nares Correction: Widening the nostrils to improve air intake.
  • Elongated Soft Palate Resection: Trimming the soft palate to prevent airway obstruction.
  • Laryngeal Saccule Removal: Excising everted saccules to clear the airway.

Benefits of Surgery:

  • Improved Breathing: Enhances the ability to breathe comfortably, especially during exercise or in hot weather.
  • Increased Activity Levels: Dogs can enjoy a more active lifestyle with reduced risk of overheating.
  • Enhanced Overall Health: Reduces the risk of sleep apnea, collapse, and other severe complications.

Risks and Complications:

While BAS surgery is generally safe and effective, potential risks include:

  • Post-operative Swelling: Temporary swelling may occur but is usually manageable with medication.
  • Infection: As with any surgery, there is a risk of infection, though it is minimal with proper aftercare.
  • Anesthetic Risk: Brachycephalic breeds have a higher risk during anesthesia, which is why our team takes extra precautions.

Recovery and Aftercare:

  • Rest: Limit your dog's activity for at least two weeks post-surgery to ensure proper healing.
  • Monitoring: Watch for signs of difficulty breathing, excessive coughing, or reluctance to eat or drink.
  • Follow-Up: Return to our clinic for post-operative checks to ensure your dog is healing as expected.

Cost Considerations:

We provide a comprehensive estimate before surgery, including all aspects of pre-operative preparation, the surgical procedure, and post-operative care.

Final Thoughts:

Opting for BAS surgery is a proactive step towards ensuring your brachycephalic dog leads a healthier, more comfortable life. Our team at Allied Veterinary Service is committed to supporting you and your pet through this process with expert care and guidance.

Legal Disclaimer:

This pamphlet is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice. Treatment outcomes can vary by individual. Always consult with a veterinarian to determine the best treatment for your pet.

Contact Us:

Allied Veterinary Service - Emergency and Referral
8301 93rd Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(763) 463-9800
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