For those who can’t go to the link, the following is what it says:
FYI, none of this is mine. It was posted by Bilton veterinary centre, the same one as in the picture. All credit goes to them but I felt it was important to get word out about some of the breeds of dogs that are riddled with health problems. If you own a pug that’s perfectly healthy that’s cool, but it’s doesn’t change the fact that an alarming number of short nosed (almost no nosed at this point) dogs have extreme difficulty with tasks like breathing and blinking.
"So I am going to have a rant now and I apologise in advance if this upsets anyone, but here goes.
Last week, I managed to reduce a lovely family to floods of tears. They had brought their new dog in to come and see me. There was a young lady, her husband and their two children of about 8 or 9 years old and they were all already absolutely besotted with their new pet - their first dog, and they had been planning it for several years.
The dog was a 5-month-old French Bulldog that they had picked up from a breeder about 4 weeks previously. They were concerned that their new dog may have “a chill” as the dog had sore runny eyes, difficulty in eating and kept making a choking sound. They had also noticed the dog had a “funny smell” about him.
As I examined the dog it became quickly apparent what was occurring and my heart sank.
This dog was yet another increasingly popular “short-nosed” breed that was suffering horribly from a myriad of problems - all related to its poor breeding and its unfortunate anatomy.
After the examination, I found that this dog had:
- Eyeballs too big for its eye sockets. So much so, that when he blinked, the eyelids didn’t fully cover the eyeballs. (Imagine going out on a windy day and not being able to blink!) This had resulted in deep painful ulcers forming on both eyes that in the short term would require intensive treatment and could feasibly result in the rupture of one or both eyeballs.
- The bones forming the front of his face (the maxilla) were so squashed by virtue of this style of this breed (called the brachycephalics), that the soft-tissue structures of the throat are compressed and forced backwards - obstructing his larynx. Amongst other things, his soft palate was so elongated (relative to his skull) that it kept getting trapped over his wind-pipe.
-His nostrils were completely occluded, so absolutely no airflow was possible through his nose. All of his breathing had to take place through his open mouth. This meant that whilst he was eating/sleeping he was going through bouts of asphyxiation and so would have to spit the food out or wake up and open his mouth - purely so he would be able to breathe. This explained the “choking” sound that there were hearing all the time. He could just manage to breathe with his mouth open, but this then exacerbated the problems with his soft palate.
- The skin fold over the top of the nose (caused by the squashed face involuting the skin) had caused a crevice of around 2-3 cms deep, where the skin was rubbing against its self. In this area, the skin was ulcerated and was full of liquid pus. It was this that the owners were smelling. This was incredibly painful for the animal and he cried every time I tried to clean it.
-The skin around his feet, ears, armpits and groin was red raw and inflamed. He clearly was very itchy and had been licking at these areas repeatedly - which had, in turn, made them more sore and painful. This is very typical of a condition called “atopy” which is very common in many breeds, particularly the Bulldogs (French and English).
So at this point, the shocked owners asked what needed to be done to sort him out.
So I had to explain that he would need:
- Bilateral eyelid shortening surgery that would allow the dog to blink properly and prevent further ulcers from forming. As well as long-term medication to improve the quality of his tears.
- Complex soft tissue surgery of the back of the throat to, (amongst other things) shorten his soft palate to facilitate his breathing.
- He would need both of his nostrils opening up so as to allow adequate air flow to be possible to allow him to breathe/exercise/eat/sleep properly.
-He would need a “face-lift” to remove a large amount of excess skin on the front of his face, to try and open up the fold that was causing so much infection and pain.
-He may need allergy testing, food trials, anti-inflammatories etc to try and manage the atopic skin disease that he has.
*He needs all of this fairly urgently.
*He can’t have all of this done at once and so will require several anaesthetics and complex procedures to be done over a period of time.
*He is only 5 months old.
*He needs all of this doing - just so that he can live a vaguely normal life.
*HE IS SUFFERING.
Also - he is not insured. It transpired that the new owners looked into insurance but the premium was so high for this breed, that they felt they couldn’t afford it. To move forward, he would have to go to a specialist veterinary unit (sadly recently set up to deal with the increasing number of very poorly brachycephalic dogs with extreme conformational issues) and this treatment could cost upwards of £8,000 to correct.
Once I had discussed all this with the owners - they were understandably distraught. They had hoped for a “cute” and “cuddly” family pet that they had seen examples of spread throughout popular media. They had no idea that these problems even existed. Instead, they now have a much-loved dog that is miserable, has a long journey ahead of it and one that they cannot afford to have fixed.
The family left the room in floods of tears, armed with medication that would temporarily alleviate some of the symptoms and try to make the poor little dog more comfortable. From what I have later found out, this dog has gone to a rescue centre to be rehomed. It may have moved away, but its problems most certainly will not have done.
Pugs, Frenchies, English Bulldogs and Shar-Peis are amongst the breeds which are increasingly being abandoned in vast numbers as people cannot cope with their ongoing problems, illnesses and costs. It upsets us all hugely when we see how many of the problems frequently associated with these breeds are now classed as “normal”. I will commonly hear “Oh it is normal for this breed to struggle with A, B or C”. NO IT ISN’T NORMAL!
These trendy flat-faced breeds are some of the most expensive puppies to currently buy. There is serious money for people who sell a litter of these puppies and so the incentive to breed is VERY high. It must be said that there are responsible breeders who are trying to “back-breed” these types of dogs to have longer noses, smaller eyes, more open nostrils etc and try to reduce the incidence of these conditions, and these people should be applauded. However, puppy farms and irresponsible owners are rife, and these “breeders” don’t seem to care a jot about the long-term prognosis and what the future holds for “their” breed.
It is also worth noting that many of these breeds are unable to give birth naturally now too (due to the shape of the puppy’s skulls) and so the mothers often go through multiple caesareans…
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP AND THINK before you buy. Come and talk to US about the breeds that you are interested in - and we shall give you the whole picture.
I am completely exhausted and totally demoralised seeing these type of problems on a daily basis. There are enough horrible illnesses, diseases and potential accidents out there without being destined to be unwell before you are even born.
Whilst people are still buying these dogs, people will still breed them and the problem will never go away.“
Shura absolutely adores cats and is a very proud self-proclaimed cat person. He thinks Yurio’s cat magnetism is the best magic in the world. Unfortunately, he did not inherit it, which leads to much heartbreak for his poor glass heart, which he did inherit from his mother…
I. That time that they thought it’d be a good idea to do it in the locker room
It was Yuuri’s idea, specifically. There was nobody around, and, as he would explain later, Victor was looking especially attractive that afternoon. Therefore, he’d slammed him against the lockers, fingers raking through hair and quiet gasps of pleasure escaping each other’s lips. It was beautiful, it was perfect, it was everything he’d dreamt of – until they’d heard Yakov come in.
“Is anybody here?” Yakov calls.
For half a second, they stare at each other, wide-eyed. Then, they snap into action. Victor fetches his shirt off of the ground and puts it over his head. They scramble to find underwear and end up wearing each other’s. Yuuri hops to get into his pants and Victor tries to sort out his hair after putting his shirt on.
“Victor, where is my shirt?” he hisses, because there are no more clothes left on the ground, and the footsteps are getting louder.
“I took it off… I took it off before we came into the locker room,” Victor realizes, paling. “That’s fine. No shame in being caught shirtless.”
Yuuri spares him a glare, then hides behind the nearest row of lockers.
“Hi, Yakov,” Victor greets, casually leaning against said row of lockers.
“Your shirt is on backwards. And Yuuri, I can see you.”
II. That time that Phichit is live-streaming for his fans
It turns out that Phichit live-streams every Wednesday evening.
Victor and Yuuri are staying over at his apartment in Detroit in a small makeshift guest room. It’s cozy, and it has been a week since they’d properly had sex, so Victor can’t help it when on a Wednesday afternoon, he lets his hands slip up Yuuri’s shirt and onto his chest, lets his hips shift against Yuuri’s own.
Yuuri turns around in his arms and smiles, helping Victor lift his shirt off.
Two minutes later, the door is thrown open and Phichit enters. “And here we have Victor and Y–woah, you guys, oh, that’s…” He turns the camera away, then winks at it. “Bad time. Sorry about that, guys. Oh, I bet you’d like to see more, Phichit-Fan-903. That’s perverted, though, and we’re going to give them their privacy. Sorry about that, Yuuri!”
Hi I love your blog, and I have a dog myself, and I really need your advice because my dog is too cute and idk how to handle that, not without feeling overwhelmed by how adorable she is. Any advice for cuddling her without my soul leaving my body?
Worry not my friend.
If you find your soul leaving your body while cuddling your dog, there is nothing to be concerned about. A dog is a perfectly fine guardian for your soul, it will be safe with the dog.
Please tell me you're going to put this snapchat story about this beasto here on Tumblr because everyone needs to witness this gold.
i have concerns. what if the dog finds out i was talking shit about him. fuck if i know if he has internet access and a working computer. him and i had a full on argument and he clearly understood me because I was cussing him out, he would wait til i was done, and fucking respond. it’s changed my outlook on dogs. they know more than they let on so quite frankly i don’t know what his actual capabilities are. im safe for snapchat because dogs don’t operate phones i’m almost certain. but if i post it on here and i come back to babysit and he gets more aggressive cause he heard the shit i was talking and he goes catching more of an attitude no sé qué voy a hacer