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Dogs with short faces (Frenchies, Pugs, Boston terriers, English bulldogs, Boxers, Shih Tzus, etc.) are some of the most common breeds, and in my opinion, ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’„๐’–๐’•๐’†๐’”๐’•. It’s important to note, however, that ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’”๐’† ๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’Š๐’„๐’–๐’๐’‚๐’“ ๐’…๐’๐’ˆ๐’” ๐’„๐’‚๐’ ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’”๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’”, ๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’“๐’š ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’•๐’‰ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’„๐’†๐’“๐’๐’”.โ โฃโฃ ๐Ÿ˜จโ โ €
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These dogs have been bred to have ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ณ๐ณ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ and ๐ฌ๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐จ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ. In doing so, their throat and breathing passages are frequently undersized or flattened. Subsequently, these breeds are ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™™๐™ž๐™›๐™›๐™ž๐™˜๐™ช๐™ก๐™ฉ, ๐™ค๐™—๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™—๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™–๐™ช๐™จ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™๐™–๐™ฅ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™™, ๐™ข๐™ช๐™ฏ๐™ฏ๐™ก๐™š, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ง๐™ค๐™–๐™ฉ known as brachycephalic airway disease or ๐›๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ฒ๐œ๐ž๐ฉ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐œ ๐ฌ๐ฒ๐ง๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž.โ โฃโฃโ โ €
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Brachycephalic means “short head”, and we endearingly refer to these breeds as “squish-faced”.โ  Most of the affected dogs will often snort or snore, and many can actually have ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’”.โฃโฃโ โ €
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Often, these issues are identified during puppy visits with your veterinarian, who may recommend surgical correction at their facility or at a specialty hospital (MSU performs most of the deeper airway surgery in our area)
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Before rescuing, adopting, or purchasing a short-faced dog, consider the fact that they may need surgical correction to prevent airway obstruction, and require more precautions during routine anesthetic procedures such as spays, neuters, and dental cleanings. โฃโฃโ โ €
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If you’d love to add one of these adorable dogs to your household, ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ง๐™–๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ง๐™š๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™™, as they often have additional health issues such as dry eye, inverted eyelids, periodontal disease, skin infections, and allergies. โฃโฃ

โฃโฃโ Despite that, these dogs make great additions to households!

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