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Demand For Smaller Dogs Creating Health Problems

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Popularity of French and British bulldogs leading to an increase in the number of pets with serious complications

Veterinarians have warned that Australia’s high demand for smaller dogs is creating serious issues and health problems such as breathing difficulties, digestive disorders and skin and eye conditions.

Today’s report in the Canine Genetics and Epidemiology journal outlines that with the popularity of dogs such as Pugs & French and English Bulldogs, is resulting in rises in the number these dogs requiring medical attention to maintain their health.

According to Veterinarians in the report, the cost of treating these pets can run into the tens of thousands of dollars, due to a number of issues including treating Brachycephalic Syndrome, an issue in which these breeds are prone to serious breathing difficulties, due to their soft palates and small nostrils.

They may also suffer from Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), the skin disorder Demodectic Mange, hip deformities, dental issues, eye injuries and dry eyes.

Some Vets estimate that the life expectancy of these breeds can be as little as four years.

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