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Snoring Dogs – Brachycephalic breeds

Does your short-snouted dog snore? Although this can be humerous at times, in many cases, breathing can be impaired and become dangerous for these dogs, especially in hot weather, while exercising your dog, or as the dog advances in age.

Dogs with this condition include, but are not limited to, brachycephalic breeds like bulldogs, Boston terriers, pugs, shih tzus, Pekinese and other breeds with pushed in snouts. In addition, many of these breeds also have stenotic nares, a condition where the nostrils are pushed together and also restrict air flow. Dr. Brown has been trained by the veterinarian who corrects these conditions in the University of Georgia’s bulldog mascots. He uses a surgical procedure called soft palate resection and also opens up the nostrils to repair the stenotic nares. He has been doing this surgery for many years with great success.


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Established in the late 1970's, Central Animal Hospital has been serving the St. Petersburg and greater Tampa Bay community for more than 30 years. In 1979, Mark Brown began working at Central Animal Hospital as an animal caregiver in the kennel. He soon worked his way up to veterinary technician.