Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) in Dogs: Surgical CO2 Laser Treatment

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Abstract

The future health and well-being of BOAS-prone breeds depend on veterinarians. During the first preventive visit, it is important to talk to puppy owners about BOAS and to suggest a treatment plan before negative consequences associated with the condition develop or worsen. Late surgical intervention may not be as rewarding due to the development of greater complications and secondary problems.

It is necessary to clearly refute the existing myth and explain to dog owners that the sweet snoring of brachycephalic dogs is not a breed trait, but a symptom of a disease.

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About the Authors

Ziemowit Kudła, DVM, VAT, Poland, Med-Wet
Dr. Kudła studied at Poland’s Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. In 2004, he opened his own veterinary practice in his hometown of Bielsko-Biała, which he runs to this day with his wife, Anna Nikolajdu-Kudła, DVM. Looking for new solutions in veterinary medicine, Dr. Kudła purchased an Aesculight, the first CO2 laser offered in Poland. Since 2012, he has adapted all surgical procedures in his practice to laser surgery. Dr. Kudła is the author of several publications in the national press on the use of the Aesculight CO2 laser in veterinary practice. He has participated in many conferences, workshops, and courses as a speaker and participant, and lectured on the use of CO2 laser in veterinary surgery and on veterinary cardiology in Poland. He runs first-aid veterinary courses and courses for dog owners. In 2018, Dr. Kudła graduated from the Veterinary Anesthesiology School and received the veterinary anesthesiology technique (VAT) certification.

Anna Nikolajdu-Kudła, DVM
Dr. Nikolajdu-Kudła was born in Wrocław, Poland, in 1976. She studied at the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 2004, Dr. Nikolajdu-Kudła and her husband opened their own veterinary practice in Bielsko-Biała, Poland, which they continue to this day. Dr. Nikolajdu-Kudła works mainly in the fields of anesthesiology, hematology, and dermatology of dogs and cats. She is the author of several publications in the national press on hematology. Dr. Nikolajdu-Kudła has participated in many conferences, workshops, and courses as a speaker and participant, and lectured on the use of CO2 laser in veterinary surgery and on veterinary hematology in Poland. She runs first-aid veterinary courses and courses for dog owners. In 2018, she graduated from the Veterinary School of Anaesthesiology under the direction of Peter Kronen, Dipl. ECV.

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# of Pages

9

Page Size

8 1/2 x 11 inches

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PDF

Published

February 2020