ABC 25 WPBF recently featured Boca Raton veterinarian Dr. Boaz Man and his innovative approach to helping French bulldogs breathe easier. Dr. Man, the owner and medical director of Boca Midtowne Animal Hospital, uses a high-powered VetScalpel CO2 laser to perform a minimally invasive procedure that opens the dog’s nostrils and removes excess tissue in its windpipe. This procedure has proven successful in helping dogs with respiratory stress or heatstroke, which French bulldogs are more susceptible to due to their flat faces.
French bulldogs are undoubtedly one of the most popular dog breeds in America. Their cute “smoosh faces” have captured the hearts of many pet lovers, but they also make them vulnerable to respiratory stress and heatstroke. According to reports, these breeds are more than ten times more likely to suffer from life-threatening breathing issues than any other breed. However, Dr. Boaz Man, a veterinarian in Boca Raton, is on a mission to help dogs breathe better with a minimally invasive procedure using a laser.
Dr. Man’s technique helps dogs like Merci, who had previously gone to an emergency veterinarian for heatstroke. Unlike other methods, Dr. Man’s procedure is an outpatient one, and dogs can go home on the same day of the procedure. The procedure doesn’t require stitches or cones and is relatively painless for the dog.
Dr. Man understands why French bulldogs are so popular but hopes for more responsible breeding in the future. He believes that pet parents are responsible for ensuring their dogs have the best quality of life possible. “We need to do a better job of breeding them for better features. That is so important because we have a responsibility as pet parents to make sure they have the best quality of life possible,” says Dr. Man.
Dr. Man, a fear-free certified veterinarian and AAHA accredited has served clients and patients at several prominent animal hospitals in South Florida for over 20 years. In 2013 he became the owner and medical director of Boca Midtowne Animal Hospital. Dr. Man is also an editorial advisory board member for DVM 360 and regularly contributes with his educational social media content and publications for the magazine. Learn more about Dr. Man at bocamidtownevet.com.
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