PDSA statement on brachycephalic dogs and cats

13 May 2016

Our vision at PDSA is a lifetime of wellbeing for every pet. We believe that the physical and mental health of companion animals should be of paramount concern to everyone involved in their care.

However, the 2015 PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report showed that the health issues relating to pedigree/unsuitable breeding was the third most concerning pet welfare issue for owners. There is a growing body of evidence to support the link between flat-faced breeds and several welfare issues known to cause suffering,

As a veterinary charity, the health issues facing brachycephalic pets are a real concern for us. However, many owners are simply not aware of the detrimental impact extreme conformations can have on their pet’s quality of life.

These breeds are growing in popularity and with around 4.5 million pet owners doing no research before getting a pet, this is a recipe for disaster for the future wellbeing of these pets. We all have a responsibility to intervene now to improve the health and welfare of these breeds.

We welcome this petition and the BVA/BSAVA statement of support for collaborative working of all those responsible for breeding and welfare. We would offer our breadth of both veterinary and educational expertise to support work to tackle this important issue.

Veterinary professionals can sign the petition here.