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Pug popularity leads to 130% more surgeries, vets claim

A West Midlands veterinary hospital is urging owners of flat-faced dogs to be aware of the warning signs their pets may be struggling with a chronic breathing condition, after revealing the number of animals it has treated has almost doubled over the past five years.

Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, in Shirley, has seen the number of Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) surgeries carried out at its Highlands Road hospital soar by more than 130% since 2014.

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