Help Miss Ruby Breathe

by Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home in Edinburgh, , United Kingdom

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Miss Ruby suffers from BOAS, making it hard for her to breathe. Help fund the vital treatment she needs to breathe freely.

by Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home in Edinburgh, , United Kingdom

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In recent years, there has been an increase in the need for BOAS surgeries in flat-faced dog breeds. Could you help us cover the cost of surgery for another dog like Miss Ruby and give them the quality of life they deserve?


Miss Ruby is a young French Bulldog who was abandoned and found running scared in a local park.  

It was quickly clear that she suffers from severe Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) and an uncomfortable case of Cherry eye requiring treatment. 

BOAS is common in breeds such as French Bulldogs which have a ‘flat face’. The shape of their head means that they often suffer with narrow nostrils, nasal passages and windpipe as well as an elongated soft palate.  

This can make it very hard to breathe and can severely impact a dog’s quality of life, causing serious health and welfare issues.  

Miss Ruby is also suffering from an uncomfortable case of cherry eye. Dogs have an additional third eyelid and cherry eye is caused when the tear gland inside this eyelid pops out. It can be uncomfortable for the dog and can lead to other problems such as conjunctivitis and corneal ulcers.  

Fortunately, both of Miss Ruby’s conditions can be treated.  

Our vet, Bridget, has recommended that Miss Ruby needs surgery for both her BOAS and cherry eye. The surgery to treat cherry eye involves sewing the gland into a pocket inside the third eyelid. While the BOAS surgery will widen her nostrils and potentially shorten her soft palate, improving the airflow through her nose and mouth.  

The PDSA states that ‘[BOAS] surgery is likely to dramatically improve a dog’s quality of life.’  

BOAS is a progressive condition and if Miss Ruby doesn’t receive surgery soon, her suffering will only worsen. The earlier BOAS is treated, the better chance of a good outcome.  

Miss Ruby urgently needs this surgery to have the quality of life she deserves, and we’re determined to give this to her. Help us make this happen by giving a gift towards the cost of her medical treatment, aftercare and recovery.  

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