Two of my Bulldogs had laser palate surgery at 1 year old. Chester really needed it and I'm sure he lived longer as result. Mack had it also, 2 different vets said he would benefit from it, but I always wondered if it wasn't just a vet trying to "fix" everything on my Bulldog. Both vets said it is much easier on the dog to do it at 1 year old rather than waiting until later. Is Oliver a noisey breather? Chester was very noisey but Mack not at all. Mack and I used to go on 4+ mile walks, too. He is 8 and 1/2 yrs. old now and his spine is fused so our daily walk is a mile+.