But sadly the dogs could be making these sounds because their flat faces mean they aren’t able to breathe properly.French bulldog puppy Dory was often gasping for air when she arrived at the RSPCA’s Bath Cats & Dogs Home earlier this summer.
She was diagnosed with brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS), which affects short-nosed animals and can often lead to severe respiratory distress.
On Tuesday, she underwent life-saving surgery costing £1,800 to widen her nostrils and remove tissue from inside her airways.Rachel Jones, from Bath Cats & Dogs Home, said: ‘Dory is just 10 months old – she should be running and bouncing and doing all of the things a playful puppy would do.
‘But she can’t lead a normal life because she has difficulty breathing.‘Worryingly, on several occasions, Dory has been left gasping for breath as a result of being starved of oxygen.
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‘She needed this life-saving surgery just so she can lead a normal life – but she’ll probably always struggle and will need to have limited exercise and take it easy during hot weather.’The RSPCA said French bulldogs are brachycephalis, or flat-faced, breeds that have been bred to have exaggerated features to make them ‘cuter’ to buyers.
This has resulted in some flat-faced dogs, like Dory, struggling to breathe when walking, running or playing.
Caroline Allen, chief veterinary officer at the RSPCA, said: ‘The public see videos of them snorting and snoring and think it’s cute – but it isn’t.
‘It’s the dog gasping, trying to suck enough air into their body.
‘It’s really important that people understand this and that, as a society, we’re doing our best to produce dogs without these severe health problems.
‘Whilst there are breeders working hard to breed healthier dogs, poor Dory is a perfect example of how poor breeding has impacted the individual dog and affected their quality of life.’
To donate towards the cost of Dory’s surgery you can visit her Just Giving page.
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