Management of the Brachycephalic Patient

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Category: Nurses Club
Published on: 23.12.2019


Tania Yelland RVN

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About The Webinar

Brachycephalic (short-muzzled) cats and dogs are becoming increasingly popular pets worldwide, with marked increases in registrations of breeds such as the Pug and French bulldog over the past decade in the UK. This means that we are seeing larger numbers of them than ever before presenting to our Veterinary practices,
Although these breeds are very popular many of them are affected by an early onset lifelong respiratory disorder known as BOAS or brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome.
This is caused by poor confirmation and proportions of the animal’s skull and also the soft tissues within the nose and pharynx. This will then result in obstruction of the airway during respiration.
This webinar will be looking in more detail at what is BOAS and the signs that go with it and what the surgical options for this issue are. It will also discuss in detail what we can do as Veterinary Nurses to manage these patients within the hospital environment and give these animals a better quality of life. We will also discuss the use of a tracheostomy tube and how these can be managed.

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