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Brachycephalic Dogs: The Truth About Those Adorable, Pushed-In Little Noses


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The first thing you probably notice when you see a pug, boxer, or bulldog is that cute, wrinkly, smooshed-in face (Who can resist those velvety folds?). But underneath those wrinkles is a medical condition to be aware of, which can negatively impact a dog’s quality of life. If you have a dog or are thinking about getting a dog with a “snub nose,” here’s what you need to know in order to keep him as comfortable and healthy as possible.

Breeds with flat noses have a condition called “brachycephalic syndrome.” The term brachycephalic refers to a broad, short skull shape that gives certain breeds a distinct snub-nosed appearance. While it’s typically easy to spot a brachycephalic dog based on physical appearance, there are varying degrees of severity. Here is a complete list of brachycephalic breeds:

Because Brachycephalic dogs have a structural narrowing at the nostrils, the back of the throat, and in the windpipe, most dogs with the condition prefer to breathe through their mouths due to the increased airway resistance in their noses. Mildly affected dogs will breathe noisily, snort when excited and snore while sleeping. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, your pup may become distressed, especially after exercise or in warmer temperatures. On very hot days, brachycephalic dogs run a high risk of heat stroke because of their difficulty regulating body temperature.

In addition to breathing loudly, snorting, and snoring, there are a few other signs of distress to watch out for, including retching or gagging, especially while swallowing, which indicates an elongated soft palate and is a sign of trouble. Dogs with elongated soft palates often prefer to sleep on their backs because it makes breathing easier. Watch out for blue gums, blue tongue or fainting after exercise; in extreme cases, this can indicate lack of oxygen in your pup’s blood. Take a look at your dog’s nostrils, too – do they look normal, or do they appear to be pinched closed? Nostrils that are closed too far to allow for proper air flow are a part of the brachycephalic syndrome, and are called “stenotic nares.” While this condition is present from birth, it may not affect your dog until later in life, so even if your dog does not currently show symptoms, it’s important to continue to monitor your brachycephalic dog closely.

Treatment Options

  • Check in with your vet regularly and keep tabs on the condition. Not all dogs require surgery to be comfortable, but many benefit from corrective procedures if preventative measures are not enough to provide your pup relief.
  • Learn what’s normal for your pooch. Once you figure out which snorts and snores are status quo, you’ll know immediately when you hear troubling breathing sounds or a new type of snorting that it’s time to visit your vet.
  • Maintain a healthy weight for your pup. Obesity can make breathing problems worse.
  • Always regulate your dog’s temperature and exercise, especially during the summer months. As mentioned, hot and humid weather increases a brachycephalic dog’s risk of heat stroke, so make sure he stays cool.
  •  Consider using a harness instead of a collar. A collar can pull on your dog’s larynx, making breathing even more difficult.
  • Sometimes, surgery is necessary to allow your dog to breathe normally and improve his quality of life. The soft palate can be surgically trimmed shorter, stenotic nares can be widened, and both are simple, minimally invasive procedures.
  •  Lastly, consider spaying or neutering. Since this condition is inherited, it’s a good idea to avoid breeding a dog that suffers from severe brachycephalic syndrome. Use your vet as a resource, stay informed on new treatment options and do your part to keep your wrinkly-faced pooch safe.

14 Puppies Share the Love this V-Day


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Not only is Valentine’s Day a day for couples, but it’s also a day we appreciate those we love most, including our furry friends! Let’s celebrate this day of love with 14 PuppySpot puppies who have lots of love to share!

Zara the Mini Pinscher has lots of hugs and kisses for you!

This Frenchton puppy named Molly is all dressed up for her special date!

This Havanese pup’s heart is stuffed with puppy love!

Mr. Romeo the Maltese has eyes that stare straight into your soul.

What’s a Romeo without his Juliet?

Orchid the Lhasa Apso shows off new jewelry from her special someone.

Kenzie the Boxer is also rocking some bling!

Cupid the Goldendoodle will shoot an arrow through your crush’s heart!

This Dachshund puppy named Lucas wants to say those three little words!

Oscar the Borkie made sure not to show up without flowers!

Jasmine the French Bulldog wants a kiss on her heart-shaped nose!

This Beagle puppy named Jacie was bitten by the love bug.

Emerald the Cavalier King Charles puppy wants to know if you’ll be his Valentine.

Lastly, what’s Valentine’s Day without a little Love?

10 Dogstagrams to Follow


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Westminster Kennel Club
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is the longest running continuously held dog sporting event, hosting its first show in 1877. The club even predates the American Kennel Club by 7 years! WKC has a wonderful Instagram account giving followers a backstage view of the show during competition season.

Puppy love 💜#WKCDogShow

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(@westminsterkennelclub) on

Frenchie Butt
This account follows the pawsitively adorable adventures of Seattleite French Bulldog, Milo. A self-proclaimed “bedbound butterball,” Milo can typically be seen sleeping, smiling, and being an overall derpy Frenchie.

rotate to see awk face 🙃

A photo posted by hi my name is milo 🐱🐷🐸🐰🍞🍗 (@frenchiebutt) on

 

Corgnelius
Two Corgi brothers, Corgnelius and Stumphrey, waddle their way through sunny Los Angeles. If you enjoy short legs and charming faces, this account is for you.

#fbf Corgi sniffing this bunny who coincidentally smells a lot like Stumphrey.

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The Dogist
The brainchild of photographer Elias Weiss Friedman, this stunning account uniquely captures the beauty of New York’s furriest residents. The images have been made into a book (also known as the perfect gift for the dog-lover in your life).

Taco The City Dog
Part Portie, part panda and a true city dog, Taco can be found exploring the Big Apple. He recently became big brother to a tiny human, lovingly dubbed “Chalupa.”

Off to jump in some puddles ☔️🐼💦#rainydaypanda #tongueouttuesday #littleredtacohood

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Brady The Golden Pup
As mischievous as he is adorable, Brady is guaranteed to be ray of sunshine in your Instagram feed. Brady first got his stardom after being featured on Huffington Post as the confused pup trying to catch painted-on fish in his baby pool.

Still goin after dis lemon business 🍋🍋🍋 #lillegs #fluffbutt #dogsofinstagram #puppiesofinstagram #goldenretriever

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Menswear Dog
The most dapper dog you’ll ever meet, Bodhi, a six year-old Shiba Inu named after Patrick Swayze’s character in Point Break, has captured the hearts of the fashion industry and the general public alike.

American Kennel Club
The incredibly informative, educational account of the American Kennel Club is a must-follow for any dog enthusiast. AKC posts a “breed of the day,” along with relevant facts about said breed.

Your cure for the Monday-after-the-holiday-season blues. #AKCBreedoftheDay #AKCAustralianCattleDog

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My Regal Beagle
Also known as Sid Pizza Dog, a five-year-old lemon and white Beagle and self-proclaimed Dog Mayor of Austin, TX. Sid must be the happiest dog, as he’s regularly seen with delicious treats like pizza, hotdogs, cookies and donuts.

is throwback monday a thing? plz watch my videos ➡️ #sidvid ___________________________ Snapchat➡️MyRegalBeagle

A photo posted by Sid Pizza Dog (@myregalbeagle) on

Samson The Dood
Samson is the coolest Goldendoodle (f1b to be exact) you’ll ever follow and probably the closest you’ll ever come to a living, breathing teddy bear. Fittingly, Samson resides in Brooklyn, NY and lives a more lavish life than any of us ever will.

When you’re trying to get to bed early & she stays connected #nophonezone 🚫📱#samsonandbea 🐶💤🐻

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