BOAS therapy

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What is BOAS?

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) is a condition frequently seen in brachycephalic (short-headed) dog and cat breeds. Examples of these breeds include Bulldogs, Pugs, Boxers, and Persian cats. BOAS arises due to anatomical abnormalities associated with their shortened skulls.

What are the causes of BOAS?

BOAS is caused by several anatomical features:

  • Narrowed nostrils (stenotic nares)

  • Elongated soft palate

  • Hypoplastic trachea (underdeveloped windpipe)

  • Everted laryngeal saccules

These features lead to obstruction of the upper airways, resulting in significant breathing difficulties.

Symptoms and Complications

Affected individuals often exhibit symptoms such as:

  • Labored breathing

  • Snoring or snorting

  • Exercise intolerance

  • Vomiting or gagging

  • Cyanosis (bluish discoloration of the skin due to lack of oxygen)

In severe cases, BOAS can lead to life-threatening conditions such as respiratory distress and heatstroke. These individuals are particularly at risk during hot weather, as their ability to regulate body temperature through panting is compromised. This can lead to heat collapse or even death.

In addition to breathing difficulties, these individuals may suffer from other health problems:

  • Skin issues: Brachycephalic breeds often have skin folds that can be prone to infections and dermatitis.

  • Eye problems: Due to their flat faces, they may have protruding eyes, increasing the risk of injury and infection.

  • Gastrointestinal issues: Some individuals may suffer from digestive problems, such as regurgitation and vomiting.

BOAS in Cats

Although less common, BOAS can also occur in brachycephalic cats, such as Persian cats. Like dogs, these cats can suffer from breathing difficulties and other complications.

Treatment and Surgery

BOAS can be addressed with surgical intervention to correct the anatomical abnormalities. Surgery can be performed from 12 months of age. Surgical options include:

  • Widening the nostrils

  • Shortening the elongated soft palate

  • Removing the everted laryngeal saccules

Early surgical intervention can significantly improve the quality of life for affected individuals and reduce the risk of severe complications.