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Brachycephalic dogs. Many may not know the term but the type is easily recognized by all. With its wide, large skull shape, flat face, shortened head and smushed nose, the brachycephalic dog simply represents what is commonly referred to as a "pug-nosed dog." Bulldogs, Boston terriers and pekingese are just a few of the more popular breed types that fall into this category. While those snorts and oinks that come from your favorite smush-faced pup may be incredibly cute, this pug-nose trait can come with serious health problems, including skin irritation, shallower eye sockets and a major respiratory issue.
BUAOS, or Brachycephalic Upper Airway Obstructive Syndrome, is a clinical breathing problem found in many pug-nosed dogs. The condition is exacerbated during the hot summer months and can be life-threatening in severe cases. While a veterinarian will need to confirm the diagnosis of a breathing condition such as BUAOS, everyday indicators can alert pet owners of signs, including loud snoring, shortness of breath, excessive panting, low tolerance for heat, labored breathing and fainting.