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Ella Breathes Easy!
17 September 2017
Ella is a beautiful 4 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who came to visit us in back in June. Ella was referred to Willows as for some time she had been suffering from very noisy breathing, especially when exercising or becoming excited and when she was anaesthetised for surgery at her own vets, they noted that Ella had very large tonsils.
Soft Tissue Specialist surgeon Chris Shales saw Ella for this condition and suspected that Ella had something called brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS). Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome is the term given to the effects that the shortened head of these animals has on the passage of air through the upper airways. The signs can vary in severity from mild snoring or snorting noises to severe breathing problems.
On examination under general anaesthesia, Chris could see that Ella’s tonsils were very large - in fact nearly touching each other! Ella also had an overly long soft palate and was indeed suffering from BOAS. Chris performed surgery to remove Ella’s tonsils and shorten her overly long soft palate. Thanks to Chris’s surgical expertise and the dedicated specialist anaesthesia and nursing team, we are delighted to say that Ella recovered very well from her surgery.
It is now 8 weeks after the surgery and Ella’s owners are delighted with her progress, she is a very happy little dog who is very happy to go for her walks now!
For further information about brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome please see our information sheet.
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