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This is just a way of saying that the face and nose of a dog is shortened or pushed in.  Breeds with this condition have less room in the skull for all of the necessary soft tissues, which can lead to issues.  The nostrils and related airways may be constricted in diameter.  The eye may be more pushed out than other breeds.  The soft palate may be elongated, partially blocking the trachea.  These things will put these dogs at additional risk for both Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.  Usually, this is not a very threatening situation for the dog, with the exception of exceedingly hot days, in which this can become dangerous.  Symptoms can include:

  • Labored Breathing
  • Noisy Breathing
  • Sorting
  • Snoring
  • Coughing
  • Limited Ability to Exercise
  • Infections to the Folds of the Skin
  • Eye Problems