Canine First Aid for Hydrotherapists

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Brachycephalic dogs

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Challenges Faced by Brachycephalic Dog Breeds

Shift in Popularity

Changing Trends: Labrador Retrievers have historically dominated registrations with the Kennel Club, but French Bulldogs have recently taken the lead.

Rising Brachycephalic Breeds: The surge in French Bulldogs' popularity has also brought attention to other short-nosed breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs, Chihuahuas, and even medium-sized breeds with similar issues.

Health Issues

Upper Respiratory Problems: Brachycephalic dogs commonly suffer from upper respiratory issues due to limited mouth space, including dental and breathing problems.

Elongated Soft Palates: Many of these dogs have elongated soft palates that obstruct their airways during eating and breathing, leading to respiratory distress.

Throat Constrictions: Thickening or pockets in their throats further reduce airway space, making it challenging for them to breathe, especially when excited.

Eye and Ear Vulnerabilities: These breeds lack protective long noses, making them susceptible to foreign bodies in the eyes and nose, as well as increased risk of ear infections.

Dental Disease: Squashed teeth arrangements in short-nosed breeds often result in dental issues, including tooth root problems and infections.

Exercise and Weight Concerns

Exercise Limitations: Breathing difficulties hinder their ability to exercise effectively, leading to weight gain.

Overweight Complications: Obesity in these breeds can trigger various health problems, such as heart disease, arthritis, and anal gland issues.

Musculoskeletal Challenges: Their short limbs struggle to bear excess weight, resulting in pronounced arthritic changes and ligament injuries.