Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs and
French Bulldogs

Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs is only one manifestation of a bulldog airway condition which falls under the “flat face” (brachycephalic airway syndrome) vernacular. Other BAS common manifistation includes Elongated Soft Palate, Everted Laryngeal Saccules, hypoplastic trachea, and other secondary issues such as excessively Swollen Obstructive Tonsil and larynegeal cartliages atrophy (i.e. laryngeal collapse). Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs Wedge cut

Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs is defined as narrowed pinched nostrils due to atrophy and collapse. This narrowing causes a restriction in the amount of air that can flow into and through the nostrils.

Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PRESENTATION:

Bulldog puppies with stenotic nares will typically exhibit snorting, gasping, noisy breathing (i.e. STERTOR) during inspiration. Most will snort when excited and snore when relaxed or asleep. Severely affected bulldogs will exhibit more pronounced airway noise, appear to tire easily with exercise, they may retch and even collapse. Many also exhibit apnea and stertor while asleep.

Stenotic Nares is most common in FRENCH BULLDOGS

Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DIAGNOSIS:

The diagnosis of stenotic nares is usually made during the physical exam via a visual inspection.

Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs MAINTENANCEStenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs before and after

  • WEIGHT CONTROL: weight control is instrumental in proper bulldog care suffering from BAS problems.
  • CONTROLLED ACTIVITY: Bulldogs with mild stenotic nares symptoms will often show improvement with controlled exercise.
  • CALM & COOL: avoidance of hot or humid conditions stress.

Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TREATMENT:

Bulldog stenotic Nares can and should be surgically corrected in order to allow improved airflow through the nostrils and improve the

  • ANTI INFLAMMATORY RX: like cortisone or NSAID for short term relief of airway inflammation or respiratory distress.
  • TRANQULIZER RX: tranquilizers are critical in many cases of BAS
  • COLLING: BAS cases like those suffering from stenotic nares often overheat, cooling down is critical.
  • OXYGEN: at times BAS patients become hypoxic and cyanotic requiring oxygen therapy (cage, flow, mask).
  • SUPPLEMENTS:  If you cannot afford, or have to delay surgical treatment, you should provide a calm & cool environment, properer ventilation, restrict activity, and supplements that can help reduce anxiety and inflammation like Dr. Kraemer’sStenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs StressLess and Calm ChewV4B Bully Fish Oil Immune-Joint-Skin ChewV4B Bully Calm & StressLess 

It’s important to note, however, that medical management of this condition does not correct the underlying anatomical abnormalities, but merely lessens the symptoms.

Whenever the anatomic abnormalities interfere with the patient’s breathing SURGERY is required.  

Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs RULE of THUMB

There is an abundance of research and strong clinical evidence that suggests that even stenotic nares alone is likely to lead, to some degree, to the list of medical problems associated with the “Brachycephalic Syndrome”. Thus left untreated for a long period of time bulldog stenotic nares can lead to serious health problems

  • The earlier the nares are corrected, the better.
  • Early correction of stenotic nares and elongated soft palate will significantly improve airway function and should prevent the development of everted laryngeal saccules and other secondary airflow restrictive problems.

Stenotic Nares in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PROGNOSIS

The overall prognosis for bulldogs and French bulldogs patients depends on

  • How many brachycephalic airway syndrome anatomic abnormalities are present
  • And how soon they are corrected.

 

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