The British Veterinary association is campaigning to raise awareness of the problems brachycephalic or snort nosed dog breeds face as a result of their breeding.
Brachycephalic breeds have a short or compressed skull shape, giving them a flat faced look. Due to the increasing popularity of certain breeds in the UK, we are now seeing a steep rise in the number of these dogs suffering with ill health and that is why we are backing the #BreedToBreathe campaign.
The problems that can occur in these dogs include:
The BVAs policy on increasing the welfare and well being of brachycephalic dogs includes :
As part of this they have set out an action plan outlining how we as veterinary professions can take action to influence the reduction of unhealthy dogs with brachycephalic conformation and improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the current generation of brachycephalic dogs.
The BVA has also been working as part of the Brachycephalic Working Group (BWG), comprising the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, leading UK dog welfare organisations, the Kennel Club, scientific and social researchers and relevant breed club representatives, to produce a framework for a partnership approach to improving brachycephalic dog health and welfare. This document will be supported by a series of action plans that will target brachycephalic health and welfare at different stages.
We here at Towcester Vets, fully support the #BreedToBreathe campaign and are here to help both educate and support the change needed to ensure the welfare of these breeds improves.