Dog breeds that have shortened noses, such as: English and French Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Boxers, Shih Tzus, etc have unique challenges associated with anesthesia and surgery. Not all Veterinary clinics feel comfortable anesthetizing these breeds.
At Budget Vet, we see a large number of these types of dogs and are very comfortable performing anesthesia and surgery safely and effectively.
We also offer a full range of reproductive services for these type of dogs, including: in-house same day progesterone testing, surgical and artificial insemination, c-sections and breeding soundness exams. We perform close to 200 c-sections a year and most of these are in the bulldog breeds.
We also perform upper airway surgery in Bulldog breeds. This includes soft palate resection and stenotic nares resection.
Bulldog Service Pricing
C-section — $600 for uncomplicated surgery. Surgery requiring ovariohysterectomy, antibiotics or emergency supportive care could increase the price up to and additional $200. To avoid extra charges, it is recommended that you closely monitor your pregnant female for impending labor. We can offer you assistance in this type of monitoring and what you should be doing to prepare the female for delivery.********Please note that emergency and after hours c-sections will only be performed on patients who are already established with us******
Surgical Insemination — $250. This does not include the cost of the semen. Cost of semen is determined by the stud dog owner. We prefer to use fresh semen for best results. Also, it is highly recommended that you closely monitor your female’s heat cycle with serial progesterone testing for the best chance of successful breeding
Artificial Insemination — $75 per insemination, includes collection of the semen, but not stud fee. Once again, stud fee is determined by stud dog owner
Progesterone — $60
Breeding Soundness Exam (males) — $75 This includes collection and microscopic evaluation of semen.
Brucellosis Testing — $65
Bulldog Airway Disease
Upper airway disease in English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and other short nosed breeds(Pugs, Boston Terriers, Exotic American Bullies) is fairly common. Some of these issues can occasionally be seen in other breeds as well. Persian cats sometimes also have these issues.
Upper Airway disease is usually a 2 component problem, although sometimes only one or the other issue is present. The two major components are elongated soft palate and stenotic nares. Secondary complications can include everted laryngeal saccules and everted tonsils. If upper airway disease is addressed early in a pet’s life then the secondary issues rarely occur. Both of these components restrict airflow and make it difficult for the pet to breathe. A dog’s main cooling mechanism is through air exchange through the mouth and nose. If airflow is restricted, then the cooling mechanism is also hampered. Here in Georgia, this can easily lead to heat stroke. Severely affected animals can even experience heat stroke in air conditioning if they get too excited.
Surgical alteration of both the nose and soft palate can be easily done. Although the surgery is simple, it must be precise to be effective without complications. Dr Lassiter is very comfortable performing both of these procedures. We do not recommend the surgery in puppies because they are still growing. An ideal time for this surgery would be between 1 and two years of age.
Doing both procedures together is called a Bulldog Package and costs $600. Soft palate resection by itself is $500 and stenotic nares by itself is $200.