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Our offices follow strict procedures and protocols to protect our staff and patients against COVID-19. 
We have installed THREE hospital grade REME HALO's for clean air and surfaces in our Veterinary Clinic & Animal Hospital.

-  Expect Air Quality and surfaces that are cleaned with izonized Hydro-Peroxide output

 - Our REME HALO kills up to 99% of viruses, bacteria and mold keeping you safer

- It reduces sneeze germs by 99% in the time a sneeze can reach three feet.

-  There's dual ionizers that reduce airborne particulates such as; dust, dander, pollen, mold spores

 - Zinc ions incredibly kill 99% of viruses on SURFACES in our office, keeping our animal hospital a much cleaner place.

 - The REME HALO is not a portable unit that's limited to cleaning one room at a time, this unit purifies our whole office.

 - Our REME's are integrated with our three existing HVAC systems, and it's quiet so it doesn't disturb you or your pet.

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Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome

Brachycephalic airway syndrome affects breeds of dogs with abnormal skull conformation, resulting in proneness to upper respiratory problems of the nose, mouth, and throat.  Early diagnosis is important when noisy breathing or other abnormalities occur. Most dogs are 2 to 4 years old when brought to a veterinarian.

The syndrome has three primary physical abnormalities affecting dogs in varying degrees, and if left untreated will result in swelling and inflammation of all upper airway structures.

  1. Stenotic nares are nostrils with a congenital defect in the cartilage causing them to be excessively narrow.  This results in difficulty breathing and noisy breathing.
  2. Elongated Soft Palate is a palate that is elongated more than normal.  The soft structure at the back of the mouth behind the hard palate hangs down and interferes with airflow to the trachea causing labored breathing.
  3. Everted laryngeal saccules tissues become swollen protruding into the main airway from turbulent flow of air in the trachea.

Secondary airway problems may exist.

  1. Weakened cartilage supporting the larynx causes collapse.
  2. Trachea loses structural support resulting in chronic cough. A collapsing larynx cannot be corrected surgically.

Common dog breeds affected by brachycephalic airway syndrome.

  1. Pugs
  2. Shih Tzus
  3. Boston terriers
  4. Boxers
  5. Pekingese
  6. French bulldogs
  7. English bulldogs

Symptoms of brachycephalic airway syndrome can be mild or severe.  Stress, excitement and heat can result in more difficulty breathing.

  1. Snorting
  2. Excessive panting
  3. Exercise intolerance
  4. Noisy breathing
  5. Difficulty breathing during sleep
  6. Unable to sleep for long periods
  7. Turns blue and passes out from lack of oxygen

Needed Testing

  1. Chest x-rays to eliminate possibility of heart and lung disease.


  1. Surgical correction usually results in good to excellent results.
  • A. Stenotic nares can be widened for better air flow.
  • B. The elongated soft palate trimmed for a more appropriate length, as to not interfere with normal air flow.
  • C. The everted laryngeal saccules removed for better flow.

Surgery on the structures can worsen swelling, making breathing difficult and oxygen support necessary during a post-operative period.  All dogs require a minimum of 24-hour supervision monitoring respiratory rate and effort monitored.  Steroids may be given to help reduce inflammation.  A temporary tracheostomy tube can be placed into the main windpipe until swelling resolves.

An experienced veterinary surgeon is an absolute requirement because of serious complications occurring.


Dogs less than four years generally have positive outcomes. Older dogs have more guarded outcomes.  Keeping animals at a good weight and avoiding stress may help.  Severe cases may require a permanent tracheostomy to prevent life threatening distress.

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Julian and his staff are the BEST!!! They are knowledgeable and friendly. Oakley (my lab) loves visiting them; they always have treats for her :) Julian has a true love for animals, and always recommends the best treatment options with my dogs best interest at heart. I highly recommend them to everyone in the area looking for a solid vet. Derek Binette

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3696 Largent Way NW
Ste 200
Marietta, GA 30064

Open Today 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Marietta Office

3696 Largent Way NW
Ste 200
Marietta, GA 30064

Open Today 9:00am - 5:00pm

The office is closed every 3rd Saturday

More Info Directions (404) 919-5150