As much as we love the sunny weather that comes with summer, it can be pretty dangerous for our four-legged buddies, particularly those of Brachycephalic breeds. Brachycephalic breeds are dogs with short noses and flat faces, such as pugs, bulldogs, French bulldogs, and Boston terriers. These breeds are more vulnerable to heatstroke and other summer-related health issues than others.
Due to their short airways, these dogs may have difficulty breathing even in cooler temperatures, let alone in the scorching summer heat. This breathing difficulty may lead to various health problems, including heat exhaustion, heatstroke, dehydration, and even death. Furthermore, brachycephalic dogs are less efficient at losing heat from their bodies since they do not pant as efficiently as dogs with longer snouts.
This is where BUAS surgery comes in. BUAS surgery (Brachycephalic Upper Airway Syndrome) is a surgical procedure that aims to remove the excess tissue in the upper airway of brachycephalic dog breeds. The surgery is performed to help alleviate the breathing difficulties the dogs often face, especially during the summer when hot and humid air exacerbates breathing problems in these breeds.
It is essential to watch your Brachycephalic breeds during the summer months. Only leave your dog outside for extended periods with proper shade and sufficient drinking water. Allow your dog to rest indoors with the air conditioning on when the weather is too hot to handle outside. Also, if you notice that your brachycephalic dog is experiencing difficulty breathing, panting excessively, or showing signs of overheating, it is crucial to contact your primary veterinarian immediately for assistance.
In conclusion, Brachycephalic breeds are at risk of heatstroke and other health problems during the summer months. BUAS surgery is an option to alleviate breathing issues. Check in on your pet’s well-being during hot weather and contact your primary veterinarian as soon as any concerns arise. Let us work together to keep your furry friend safe and healthy this summer.