15 November 2018 20:00 - 15 November 2018 22:00
Brachycephalic airway syndrome (BOAS)
Culloden Estate and Spa, 142 Bangor Road, HOLYWOOD Down, BT18 0EX
Brachycephalic airway syndrome (BOAS) is an umbrella term that encompasses a complex combination of respiratory conditions affecting short muzzled dogs. The popularity of brachycephalic breeds is dramatically increasing, and it is predicted that French Bulldogs will soon become the most frequently registered Kennel Club breed in the UK. The professional responsibility of veterinary surgeons to treat respiratory compromise in companion animals is clear, as are the ethical and moral requirements to encourage responsible breeding practices to minimise and ideally eliminate genetically linked disease. These obligations need not be mutually exclusive, but finding a compromise between providing best available treatment for the sick animal in front of you and trying to prevent future generations having the same problem can be difficult. Objective assessments of disease (rather than, until recently, the gold standard being a specialist opinion) and accurate measurements of response to surgery will allow us to better treat those patients that will inevitably still present to us as the popularity of these patients is increasing, whether we like it or not. Identifying the genes responsible for disease may allow us to develop tests that can be used to preserve the breeds, but reduce and ideally eliminate clinical respiratory disease if we can find genes that are not linked to skull conformation; if respiratory signs are always associated with skull confirmation, then this would provide evidence that breed standards should be reviewed.
This talk will review what we currently understand regarding BOAS, the current best practice surgical procedures performed to treat affected patients, and review the modern objective assessment of BOAS dogs using whole body barometric plethysmography.
Speaker: Jon Hall MA VetMB CertSAS DipECVS
Intended for Veterinary Surgeons
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