ANIMAL CRUELTY!!! Do you have a Frenchie & always thought it's noises, panting & breathlessness was 'normal'? If so, your dog's been struggling to breathe all that time, some are worse than others, but all are suffering. Makes you sick & feel like a bad parent for not knowing doesn't it?
The reason they make the 'abnormal' noises is because the snout tissue of a real dog is still in your 'super cute' frenchies head. It's squashed into taking up vital breathing space.
Did you know in the US & other countries at birth they have an operation called B.O.A.S to widen their airwaves & take out unnessary tissue so they can breathe in later life? In the UK it's illegal to operate to prevent an issue that 'may or may' not happen.
Sadly, if you have a Frenchie its not an if, but a when they need this operation. 85% of all frenchies will need this operation (99% of pugs). As your frenchie gets older its breathing naturally deteriorates, the problem the owner will often leave it until the dogs too old to get through this intrusive operation. The reason for that is there just isnt enough information about for those considering buying a flat nosed dog.
If you're like me, you'll just assume it won't happen to you. I never came across any stats saying 85% of all frenchies will need this op that's for sure, if I did I would have reconsidered getting a frenchie, but also would have been ruthless in ensuring the dog I was going to get was bred impeccably to the standards it should adhere too.
The reason for this post? Speak to your vet & stop your dog-child suffering. There are B.O.A.S hospitals all over the county now due to this epidemic in poor breeding (& money making). My last tip, get Lifelong cover insurance, it maybe pricey at almost £100 per month, but it saves you a £5000 bill at the end and their breathing is covered for life. Misty has hers on Wednesday.
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