Author: Hannah Campbell RVN, BSc(Hons). Vale Veterinary Centre.

Hannah graduated from Edinburgh Napier University in 2019. During training she was regularly involved in the nursing care of British and French Bulldogs c-sections. This inspired her honours project, which focused on nursing implications of over-breeding brachycephalic canines. It was published in The Veterinary Nurse in June 2020. After qualifying, Hannah worked in a small animal hospital in Bermuda before moving back to Wales, where she now works at an independent first opinion practice. She has a keen interest in providing brachycephalic education and had an article published in VNJ on this topic in 2021.

DOI: 10.56496/NIDJ1599

To reference this article: Brachycephalic caesarean nursing care Part 1 Planning. Campbell, H. (2022) VNJ 37 (5) November 2022.

Abstract: As brachycephalic dog ownership and breeding gain popularity, nursing involvement in brachycephalic caesarean sections is increasing. Extreme brachycephalic breeds most commonly requiring caesareans include British bulldogs, French bulldogs and pugs. The majority of these patients may not be seen in practice until they come in for surgical intervention. Therefore, veterinary professionals should encourage preoperative testing to minimise perioperative complications and breeding based on extreme conformation features.

Keywords: brachycephalic, nursing, c-section, breeding, ethics

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