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50% Of Short-Nosed Dogs Can’t Breathe Properly And Here’s How To Fix It
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50% Of Short-Nosed Dogs Can’t Breathe Properly And Here’s How To Fix It

Does it sometimes seem that short-snouted dogs can barely breathe? Well there’s a 50% chance you’re right. “Around one in 5 dogs registered with the Kennel Club is now a Pug, Frenchie or Bulldog – compared to one in 50 in 2005. While some of these dogs lead good lives, research suggests that around 50% have significant breathing issues and that very few can breathe as well as a dog with a normal muzzle.” says Jemima Harrison, the founder of CRUFFA (The Campaign for the Responsible Use of Flat-Faced Animals).

The “cute” snoring and falling asleep while sitting might be indications that your doggo is not OK – snoring is a clear sign of a breathing issue and your pup might actually be trying to keep the airways open by keeping the head up. If these problems sound close to home, your dog might have what’s called “stenotic nares” or “pinched nostrils”. This condition is very common in brachycephalic breeds (French bulldog, English bulldog, Pug, Boston terrier) and dogs that have excess skin (Shar Pei, Mastiff).

“But my dog is always happy”? Of course they’re happy, they are used to it because they don’t know any better. But owners whose dogs have undergone surgery can see the difference – a change of tongue color, as the dog is no longer deprived of oxygen, and overall playfulness. The doggies just seem happier!

How do we stop poor puppers from living their whole lives short of breath? Well the main thing is spreading awareness, as most people are unaware that their pet might not be up to standard. Also, do not support breeders that produce unhealthy pups.

More info: CRUFFA

Both of these dogs are adorable, but only one meets the “breathe standard”

Most people would be unaware that this cutie has “pinched nostrils” and thus, trouble breathing

Image credits: frenchiebutt.milo

Check your dog’s nose to make sure your pup doesn’t have severe breathing issues

If your dog was born with a “pinched nose”, it can still live a normal life with stenotic nares surgery

These pups can finally breathe after getting a “nose job”. Can you see the difference?

Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Image credits: mountpleasantvetgroup

Image credits: clenthillsvets

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Alia G.
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pugs and frenchies and dogs like that are so very sweet and lovely dogs, but we really shouldn’t be breeding them, because of pinched nostrils and other issues like that. We’re just breeding them to look “cute” for our enjoyment, but a lot of people can’t afford to pay for this surgery. Again, they’re very sweet, and they are adorable, but unless everyone can and will pay for this surgery and other health bills, we shouldn’t be breeding animals to be like this. (Sorry, I hope this isn’t an unpopular opinion)

Nadine Ducca
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I completely agree. Breeders have selected animals for shorter and shorter muzzles, and all this causes so many breathing difficulties for the poor things. It's ridiculous that now people need to operate on the pups' noses to help them breathe when the whole reason they can't breathe is due to selective breeding carried on by people!

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Sierra Hall
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My pekingese had a nose job years ago. I swear it extended her lifespan.

Molly Tallmadge
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ohh that explains why my dog has trouble breathing! I'll take her in ASAP!

diane a
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A Rhodesian Ridgeback doesnt have a flat face, therefore her problem shouldnt be due to that issue - but any breathing difficulties should be checked out by a Vet

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Alia G.
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pugs and frenchies and dogs like that are so very sweet and lovely dogs, but we really shouldn’t be breeding them, because of pinched nostrils and other issues like that. We’re just breeding them to look “cute” for our enjoyment, but a lot of people can’t afford to pay for this surgery. Again, they’re very sweet, and they are adorable, but unless everyone can and will pay for this surgery and other health bills, we shouldn’t be breeding animals to be like this. (Sorry, I hope this isn’t an unpopular opinion)

Nadine Ducca
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I completely agree. Breeders have selected animals for shorter and shorter muzzles, and all this causes so many breathing difficulties for the poor things. It's ridiculous that now people need to operate on the pups' noses to help them breathe when the whole reason they can't breathe is due to selective breeding carried on by people!

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Sierra Hall
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My pekingese had a nose job years ago. I swear it extended her lifespan.

Molly Tallmadge
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ohh that explains why my dog has trouble breathing! I'll take her in ASAP!

diane a
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A Rhodesian Ridgeback doesnt have a flat face, therefore her problem shouldnt be due to that issue - but any breathing difficulties should be checked out by a Vet

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