Tanji’s Story – Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS)

Tanji’s Story – Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS)

September 11, 2023

Tanji is a 6-year-old black Pug who is presenting for dental cleaning. She is reported to be doing well after Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) surgery.

Flat-faced dogs could have surgery to correct breathing issues, commonly known as BOAS. The first step is to perform a CT scan to ensure there were no other narrow passages or abnormalities inside the patient’s head and chest. Once confirmed there are no accompanying rhinitis which could complicate patient recovery post-surgery, a further discussion with the owner will be held and can be ready to be booked in for surgery.

Vet will perform a procedure known as alarplasty – a very delicate operation to remove a tiny wedge of the nostril tissue on each side, widening the nares and thus enabling the air to pass in and out more easily. Dissolvable sutures were used so that patient could heal comfortably.

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