Pet talk with Megan Alderson: The problems with short-nosed pets

Morning Talk 22/01/2018
Pug. Credit: Getty.

Trade Me has announced it is banning the sale of pugs, British bulldogs and French bulldogs starting in March.

The decision came from concern for the suffering they face due to brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS).

BOAS is a condition which affects dogs and cats with short noses. Their shorter airways prevent the animals from being able to breathe fast or deep enough when exercising, stressed or hot.

Strand vet's Megan Alderson joined Mark Sainsbury on Morning Talk.

She also talks about bad foods for your pets like the karaka berry - which can cause death.

Miss Alderson is urging pet owners to be vigilant when out with their dog.

Just be careful around that bush.

Listen to the full interview with Megan Alderson above.

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