Breathing Problems in Dogs and Cats

Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome

Short-nosed dogs face various upper airway problems. A brachycephalic breed may experience partial obstruction of the upper airway due to physical characteristics.


  • Snoring
  • Rapid breathing
  • Difficulty eating/ swallowing
  • Coughing
  • Inability to perform physical activity.


It is caused by the unique shape of the dog’s head.


Treatment is not necessary unless the dog is showing clinical signs.

This condition is common in the following Dogs & Cats

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