Hypoplastic Trachea

Hypoplastic Trachea in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Bulldog hypoplastic trachea is a breathing and respiratory condition listed under the
brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS).


Bulldog Airway Problems Included in BOAS

  • Stenotic Nares (Pinched nose)
  • Elongated Soft Palate
  • Everted Laryngeal Saccules
  • Irreversible Laryngeal Collapse
  • Blown Up prolapsed Tonsils.
  • Large thick tongue
  • Swollen nasal turbines

WARNING: Hypoplastic trachea will exasperate other BOAS conditions

Bulldog Hypoplastic Trachea 5 X MUST KNOW

  1. It is a borrowing of the windpipe, an inborn condition unique to bulldogs
  2. Hypoplastic trachea is not the same as trachea collapse a condition of small breeds
  3. If other BOAS are repaired early, hypoplastic trachea as a stand-alone is of little consequence.
  4. Management includes weight control, a stress-free environment, a cool temperature, and supplements
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Hypoplastic Trachea in Bulldogs / CAUSE:

CONGENITAL: Hypoplastic trachea is an abnormally small diameter of your bully windpipe, it’s a
congenital inborn condition.

Trachea Collapse vs. Hypoplastic Trachea

Hypoplastic trachea is common only to the brachycephalic breed and is not the same as
trachea collapse, a condition common to miniature breeds.

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Hypoplastic Trachea in Bulldogs and French Bulldog DIAGNOSIS

  • Chest and neck radiographs
  • Other:
    • Blood work
    • Pulse Oximeter.
    • Blood Pressure
    • Blood Gas Analysis

Bulldog Hypoplastic Trachea PRESENTATION

  • Labored Noisy Breathing
  • Snorting and Stridor
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Retching, Regurgitating, Vomiting
  • Pneumonitis, Aspiration pneumonia
  • Overheating
  • Hypoxia and Cyanosis
  • Sadden Collapse

Bulldog Hypoplastic Trachea PREVENTION

  1. BREEDING: Don’t breed dogs with known hypoplastic trachea and severe BOAS
  2. LEAN BODY WEIGHT: Weight Control
  3. EXERCISE: Avoid intense activity
  4. CLIMATE: Avoid Activity on a hot day
  5. FEEDING: raise the food bowl, use slow feeders
  6. SUPPLEMENTS: bully therapeutics



  • Bully StressLess Chews
  • Bully Immune Support
  • Bully HEMP Calm & Relax
  • Bully Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes

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Hypoplastic Trachea in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TREATMENT

MYTH vs. REALITY: Contra to what your vet might tell you, hypoplastic trachea in bulldogs as a standalone airway condition is a usully a nonfactor.


Most bulldogs with hypoplastic trachea and no other airway problems will live a relatively normal life, but if they have other existing BOAS problems like stenotic nares and elongated soft palate the hypoplastic trachea will exasperate them. Most times it only becomes a factor when presented together with other BOAS conditions,

It is critical to repair all the primary BOAS problems and do so early.

Bulldog Hypoplastic Trachea TREATMENT

ANTI-VOMITING & ANTI-NEUSEA: If your bully is retching, vomiting, or regurgitating, you can add anti-emetics like Cernia or Reglan

ANTI ACID & ANTI REFLUX: medication like Omeprazole and Pepsid-C

STEROIDS: (anti-inflammatory dosage): Short-term cortisone might help an acute episode.

TRANQULIZERS: like Acepromazine


Hypoplastic Trachea in Bulldogs DR. KRAEMER’S TIPS & WARNINGS

Bulldog Hypoplastic Trachea RADIOGRAPHS TIP:

Hypoplastic trachea is often diagnosed incidentally when chest radiographs
are taken. It could look dramatic and scary; thus your vet might give you a bad
prognosis or worse.

Remember, if other BOAS conditions are not presented or if they are repaired
in a timely manner, the hypoplastic trachea impact on your bully’s life and life quality is
usually minimal.

Bulldog Hypoplastic Trachea FEEDING TIP

If your bully is retching, try to elevate the food bowl and use a slow feeder. See
the treatment section for anti-nausea and anti-reflux rx.


Brachycephalic breeds like bulldogs and French bulldogs typically suffer from

  • Smooshed compressed face
  • Pinched nose
  • Swollen nasal tissue
  • Abnormal nasopharynx
  • Abnormal nasopharynx

All of which restrict and obstruct airflow and reduce oxygenation. As compensation bulldogs must increase respiratory effort by producing higher airways negative pressure (suction). This section stresses the delicate pharyngeal and laryngeal tissue, the tongue, soft palate, and tonsils causing inflammation, swelling, tissue fatigue, prolapse, and collapse.

This chain of event get worse day by day further worsening the airway obstruction and ultimately leading to endstage irreversible damage and airway restriction. This in turn also increases vasovagal tone and intraabdominal pressure that leads to retching, vomiting, and aspiration commonly known as bulldog aspiration pneumonia.

Left untreated bulldog BOAS can tragically end in asphyxiation and death

“An Ounce Of PREVENTION Is Worth A Pound Of CURE”

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*This guide was compiled courtesy of Dr. Kraemer, a “must-read” manual for any current or future bully owner