According to a recent article in The Sunday Times, there has been a tenfold increase in the ownership of pugs and French bulldogs over the past decade or so. This is due to their popularity with celebrities but the trend has also caused more health problems for such dogs. http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/article1428207.ece
Unscrupulous breeding methods have led to dogs developing problems with their bones and gait as well as eye, heart, ear (including hearing), skin, and breathing complications.
Now the Royal Veterinary College, the UK’s longest-standing veterinary college, has come to their rescue with the creation of the first specialist clinic for short-muzzled dogs such as pugs, English and French bulldogs, cavalier King Charles spaniels and Pekingese. One certainly could not accuse all breeders and owners of mistreating their dogs; undoubtedly the new clinic will facilitate their task of breeding and taking good care of their animals.
With the unscrupulous, however, one is reminded of the old saying: “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” but in this instance, it is more a case of “Vets rush in when fools have done the damage.”
The aim of the RVC’s new multidisciplinary clinic is to bring a ‘transdisciplinary’ approach to caring for brachycephalic dogs. This means bringing all clinical services together ensuring the animals get the best holistic and individualised patient care. Senior Lecturer in Soft Tissue Surgery and the Brachycephaly Clinic lead, Dr Gert Ter Haar , said: “Veterinary medicine has been following in the footsteps of human medicine for many years. But as doctors specialise they can lose sight of the big picture, only focussing on their own area of expertise.