This photo shows (inside the white circle) the "balloons" or "baby butts" that are NOT normal anatomy. These "balloons" take up precious space inside the larynx. Not all brachycephalic dogs end up with everted laryngeal saccules, but many of them do.
Everted Laryngeal Saccules cannot be diagnosed without a dog sedated or under anesthesia. However they are often predicted because a dog is making so much airway noise when they pant (open mouth breathe). This classic "bulldog panting noise" is called "glottal stertor" and it is NOT NORMAL.
Brachycephalic/bulldog breeds do NOT need to suffer through a lifetime of exercise intolerance, heat intolerance, sleep apnea, and vomiting and regurgitation.
Airway corrective surgery can help. I am a "bulldog expert" and most of my surgery days are filled with brachycephalic dogs getting "airway tune-ups".
I love my job and I'm happy to help your dog live a better life.
Give us a call if you would like help with your BOAS dog.
Dr. Kimberly Daffner