Study: Owners Oblivious to Implications of Brachycephalic Syndrome

A recent study by the Royal Veterinary College found that 58% of surveyed owners of dogs with brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome do not recognize the medical severity of their pet’s problems, such as snoring while awake and difficulty breathing during normal exercise. Instead, owners considered this to be a normal expression of the dog’s breed and not a medical problem that should be addressed by veterinarians.

May 10, 2012

Owners of certain popular “short-nosed” dog breeds, including Pugs, Bulldogs, Pekingese and French Bulldogs, are unknowingly putting their pets’ welfare at risk and not seeking essential treatment because they consider their pets’ signs of breathing difficulties to be ‘normal’ for that breed – so reveals a new study from the Royal Veterinary College, published on Thursday 10 May 2012 by the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) in their journal Animal Welfare. Other affected breeds in the study included the Boston Terrier, Dogue de Bordeaux, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and short-nosed crossbreeds.

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