Health and Welfare of Brachycephalic (Flat-faced) Companion Animals, A Complete Guide for Veterinary and Animal Professionals

Health and Welfare of Brachycephalic (Flat-faced) Companion Animals, A Complete Guide for Veterinary and Animal Professionals

By Rowena Packer and Dan O’Neill

Health and Welfare of Brachycephalic (Flat-faced) Companion Animals, A Complete Guide for Veterinary and Animal Professionals PDF. Health and welfare issues of brachycephalic (flat-faced) animals are one of the most pressing problems facing companion animals right now. Dogs, in particular, are suffering from a ‘brachycephalic crisis’ resulting from a perfect storm where predispositions to an array of health issues are amplified by a population boom for certain brachycephalic breeds such as the French Bulldog and Pug. But yet, for many owners, these dogs represent the perfect companion: endearing personas and cute looks in a socially desirable package. So where is the truth in all of this?

This book will equip veterinary professionals, animal welfare scientists, breeders and owners with the fuller story about brachycephalic health and welfare. The first half of the book provides the context of how and why we are in this crisis, offering in-depth historical, social, ethical, communication, nursing, welfare, epidemiological, genetics and international perspectives. The second half shifts towards the clinical arena, with chapters that cover the background, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the many unique healthcare needs of brachycephalic animals. Cutting-edge knowledge is shared on a range of disciplines including respiratory disease, ophthalmology, dermatology, dentistry, neurology, obesity, reproduction and anesthesia.

With twenty chapters written by world-leading experts, lifetimes of experience and knowledge are condensed into the first book dedicated exclusively to brachycephaly in companion animals. This essential reference resource will inform, challenge and stimulate; it will open your mind to new opportunities for you to improve the welfare of brachycephalic animals by your personal and collective choices and actions. But prepare to be surprised: you may just find that your views on brachycephaly in companion animals will be changed forever.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The brachycephalic boom – where are we now and how have we got here?

Rowena M. A. Packer and Dan G. O’Neill


A historical perspective of brachycephalic breed health and the role of the veterinary profession

Alison Skipper

Flat-faced fandom: Why do people love brachycephalic dogs and keep coming back for more?

Rowena M. A. Packer

Ethical challenges of treating brachycephalic dogs

Anne Quain, Siobhan Mullan and Paul McGreevy

Discussing brachycephalic health with current and prospective dog owners

Zoe Belshaw and Sean Wensley

Nurses and the brachycephalic patient – practical considerations and the role of veterinary nurses in improving brachycephalic health

Kate Price

The epidemiology of brachycephaly – prevalence and risk factors of common disorders, and implications of changing demographics

Dan G. O’Neill

The genetics of brachycephaly, population genetics and current health testing for brachycephalic breeds

David Sargan

International and national approaches to brachycephalic breed health reforms

Brenda N. Bonnett, Monique Megens, Dan G. O’Neill and Ake Hedhammar


Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) – Clinical assessment and decision making

Jane Ladlow and Nai-Chieh Liu

Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) – Surgical management and post-operative management

Michael S. Tivers and Elizabeth Leece

Ophthalmology in practice for brachycephalic breeds

Màrian Matas Riera

Dermatological problems in the brachycephalic patient

Hilary Jackson and Deborah Gow

Dental and Oral Health for the Brachycephalic Companion Animal

Fraser Hale

Brain disorders associated with brachycephaly

Clare Rusbridge and Penny Knowler

Vertebral malformations and spinal disease in brachycephalic breeds

Steven De Decker and Rodrigo Gutierrez-Quintana

Obesity and weight management of brachycephalic breeds

Eleanor Raffan

Reproduction in brachycephalic companion animal species

Aoife Reid, Laura Cuddy and Dan G. O’Neill

Anaesthesia for the brachycephalic patient

Frances Downing and Rebecca Robinson

Conclusion: Can a brachycephalic dog be a healthy dog, and how do we achieve this?

Dan G. O’Neill and Rowena M. A. Packer

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