French Bulldog Breathing Problems

Frenchies' flat faces can predispose them to breathing issues, however, there are many surgical treatments available to improve their quality of life.

Frenchies & Their Breathing

French Bulldogs are what is known as a brachycephalic breed (flat-faced), and they’ve certainly gained notoriety for their breathing issues.

Sometimes this can cause a condition known as Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome (BAS).

Why it matters

Breathing is essential for life.

A compromised airway can lead to many other health conditions down the line such as:

What causes breathing problems for Frenchies

  • Allergies
  • Stenotic nares
  • Enlongated soft palate
  • An extremely flat face

Poor breathing can cause these issues

Fortunately, there are many surgical treatments available that can help your Frenchie breathe much better.

French Bulldog Breathing Surgery

There are a few surgeries available for a Frenchie that is having issues breathing.

Surgical options

  • Stenotic nares surgery
  • Soft palate surgery to correct an elongated soft palate
  • Nasal surgery

Why you should consider surgery

Surgery can greatly improve your Frenchie’s quality of life, especially those with moderate-severe breathing issues.

These surgeries are typically done when your Frenchie is still a puppy, but they can be performed in adults as well.

Benefits of Healthy Breathing

  • More energy
  • Restful, uninterrupted sleep
  • Reduced snoring (Frenchies can snore loud!)
  • Reduced risk of developing health issues such as heart disease
  • Better exercise tolerance
  • Able to regulate their body temperature better

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