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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

Family Pet Clinic of Redondo Beach