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Everted Laryngeal Saccules Surgery for Brachycephalic & Bulldog Breeds

Everted Laryngeal Saccules Surgery for Brachycephalic & Bulldog Breeds
February 11, 2023

Brachycephalic/Bulldog individuals with Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) are forced to inhale air with so much effort that they often actually "suck" the mucosa right off of the inside of the opening to their windpipes. 

This photo shows (inside the white circle) the "balloons" or "baby butts" that are NOT normal anatomy. These "balloons" take up precious space inside the larynx. Not all brachycephalic dogs end up with everted laryngeal saccules, but many of them do. 

I am able to surgically resect these saccules at the same time that I repair the elongated soft palates and/or stenotic nares

Everted Laryngeal Saccules cannot be diagnosed without a dog sedated or under anesthesia. However, they are often predicted because a dog is making so much airway noise when they pant (open mouth breathes). This classic "bulldog panting noise" is called "glottal stertor" and it is NOT NORMAL. 

Brachycephalic/bulldog breeds do NOT need to suffer through a lifetime of exercise intolerance, heat intolerance, sleep apnea, vomiting, and regurgitation. 

Airway corrective surgery can help. I am a "bulldog expert" and most of my surgery days are filled with brachycephalic dogs getting "airway tune-ups". 

I love my job and I'm happy to help your dog live a better life. 

The brachycephalic wellness page on our clinic website contains a lot of helpful links and content. 

Give us a call if you would like help with your BOAS dog. 


Dr. Kimberly Daffner
"Bulldog Expert"
(310) 376-0072

A note from the Family Pet Clinic of Redondo Beach team:

Dr. Daffner was not only a beloved member of our team but also a dedicated expert in bulldog and flat-nosed breed care. Her knowledge and passion have left a lasting impact on our clinic and the lives of countless pets. As a tribute to her legacy, we have chosen to keep her informational blog posts available on our website. These articles contain a wealth of knowledge that may be helpful to other veterinarians and pet owners. However, please note that we are no longer offering the specialized services mentioned in these blog posts at Family Pet Clinic of Redondo Beach. We sincerely appreciate your understanding. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at (310) 376-0072. Thank you for your continued support.


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