Minimise your risk!
Seeking veterinary advice early in your pet’s life makes a big difference to their long-term outcome. Early surgical intervention can reduce the severity of BOAS and the associated chronic changes. We are never able to completely solve the problem, but we aim to improve it.
Considerations for specialist surgery and post-operative care are recommended for any patient, but particularly for adult or senior patients. Specialist surgical centres have 24-hour post-operative care, meaning that there are nurses and vets onsite to help your pet if they experience any post-operative complications.
At North Maclean Family Vet, we cannot provide 24-hour care. This means that our BOAS patients must be at home during their recovery. If your pet has surgery at North Maclean Family Vet, then strict post-operative recommendations apply. Your pet must be kept as quiet as possible and strictly rested for the first 24 hours. Your pet must not exert themselves, as we want their breathing pattern to remain as slow and calm as possible to minimise the risk of obstruction occurring. If your pet shows any signs of difficulty breathing then you must seek emergency vet care. You should feed soft foods for the first 3 days, and you should monitor for signs of coughing or vomiting. If these signs occur, then a revisit with your vet is recommended to manage those signs.
Our intention is never to cause anyone to fear anaesthesia or surgery, but BOAS patients and their surgeries do carry certain risks that you must be aware of. With appropriate case selection, appropriate referral care, and good post-operative home-care, many risks can be minimised and complications can be avoided.