Category : Brachycephalic Upper Airway Syndrome

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Stenotic Nares and Overlong Soft Palate Corrective Surgery

Animals with shortened noses and blunt faces are called the brachycephalic breeds. This group includes Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Boxers, Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, Pekingese, and even Mastiffs. Persians are examples of brachycephalic cats. These are among my favorite pets because they’re so friendly and fun-loving, but they’re also well known for the snorting, gurgling, and drooling that is a result of airway restrictions caused by their shortened nasal passages. This breathing difficulty becomes a chronic problem as they’re forced to struggle for breath, and in some cases can even be life threatening. This is known as the Brachycephalic Upper Read more
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Vet In McKinney, TX: Get The Best Pet Care With The Latest Treatments

In the past, our pets had to suffer with a lot of maladies that were largely untreatable.  Today, your vet in McKinney, TX has many new options for treating a wide variety of illnesses and conditions so that today’s pets can enjoy longer, healthier and happier lives.  You can count on your vet in McKinney, TX having the best and newest surgical techniques and medications to take care of your pet.  When you choose Stonebridge Animal Hospital, you can be sure that you’re getting the help of a vet who is at the forefront of animal care in North Texas. Read more
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Vet In McKinney, TX: Overlong Soft Palate by Dr. Ed Mapes, Stonebridge Animal Hospital

Vet In McKinney, TX: Overlong Soft Palate by Dr. Ed Mapes, Stonebridge Animal Hospital The soft palate is located just behind the hard palate on the bridge of the mouth and is the floppy tissue where our uvula is located.  Your vet in McKinney, TX will tell you that, in dogs, this tissue sometimes protrudes too far toward the throat and interferes with breathing.  Dogs will gurgle, snort, cough, and wheeze sometimes because of this “overlong soft palate”. The suture is extending the abnormal tissue for resection with the laser.  You can understand how this flap of tissue obstructs breathing. Read more
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Laser Surgery in Treatment of Brachycephalic Respiratory Syndrome

Laser Surgery in Treatment of Brachycephalic Respiratory Syndrome By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney, TX Imagine spending your life with a condition that forces you to struggle for every breath you take. This is what Brachycephalic Respiratory Syndrome does to the dogs and cats afflicted with this condition. Restrictions at various points in the upper airways cause the snorting, labored breathing, and gagging that these breeds are famous for; but the constant effort to breathe causes a number of other medical problems as well: Difficulty chewing and swallowing food Increased incidence of oral and dental disease Increased incidence Read more
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Brachycephalic Upper Airway Syndrome

Brachycephalic Upper Airway Syndrome By Dr. Ed Mapes Stonebridge Animal Hospital McKinney, Tx Animals with shortened noses and mouths are called the brachycephalic breeds. We all know how breeds like Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Boxers, Shih Tzus, Lhasa Apsos, Pekingese, and Pugs look like they ran head first into a wall. Persians are examples of brachycephalic cats. These animals are well known for the snorting, gurgling, and drooling they do, and it can all be associated with being a brachycephalic. Some of these animals, though, can have severe airway restrictions that make breathing even more difficult; a situation that can become Read more