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BOAS surgery



BOAS, brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome, is a cause of upper airway obstruction in brachycephalic breeds. The most significantly affected dogs tend to be the smaller short-nose breeds, such as Pugs, French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs and Boston Terriers.

BOAS surgery is routinely performed at Highcroft Referrals by our team of specialist surgeons, with care from our specialist anaesthetist. The surgery performed will be tailored to the individual; soft palate resection and correction of stenotic nares are the most common procedures, however.

Cases will be assessed carefully before any surgery; this may include investigations and treatment for reflux which is a common concurrent problem. Our approach of assessing the whole animal makes the procedure as safe as possible; all options will be fully discussed with owners at the initial consultation.

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Our practices are open and providing routine, urgent and emergency referral care for your patients. We continue to work safely with social distancing and a combination of telephone consultations and on-site examinations. GP vets should contact our referral centres directly for clinical advice on cases.