Gutted my little Dorothy has been diagnosed with Stenotic Nares and the vet has suggested surgery. If she doesn't have it, the strain from trying to get air into her lungs may eventually cause a laryngal collapse, from which she could die. He expects to find an elongated soft palate when he operates, which may also have to be corrected. Has anyone any experience of this surgery on this site? Sadly it appears to be all too common with little pugs?

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Yes as a matter of fact! My little Hamish man had his nostrils enlarged when he was six months old and for a while he seemed to breathe like a champ. However, now he's 2 (only a few days older than Dorothy in fact) and breathing has gotten much labored the past year--I often worried he was going to have a stroke or heart attack so kept his running around and playing somewhat limited. So, he is at the veterinarians today --he had the nares redone and the soft palate surgery this afternoon. I pick him up tomorrow and can't wait! (It's so hard to be without him overnight.) The vet said though that Hamish very definitely needed it done and he'll be so much happier now. The vet said the elongated soft palate and constricted airflow is probably why Hamish's nares pinched up again even though they were opened up at 6 months. I can post later on in the week to let you know how Hamish is doing so you can decide if you want to do that for Dorothy...? Based on what my vet told me though, I think if your vet says you should have it done for Dorothy, you should definitely consider it.
HI, my little one had hers done about 4 months ago. While at first she seemed better, she now still has the labored breathing. I will have the nose done again and probably the palate surgery done. But definitely have it done, not all pugs have the palate problem, and most of the time I understand the surgery works great.Have it done.
Hi there - just wanted to report back that Hamish had his surgery on his "nares" and palate on Monday and he's doing just great. He has to eat soft food for 2 weeks and keep activity low key for 2-3 weeks too. They warned me he'd do a lot of coughing and possibly squirt water out his nose when drinking while he gets used to his new larger airway. However, he's had no problems! He's acclimated fine--seems happy and healthy and HUNGRY (like always). It's hard to keep him low key--when we go outside, he's full of energy and pulling me down the street (which he didn't do before). I'm thinking the new much improved airflow is really energizing the little guy! So, I think the surgery is a success and well worth it! :)
Thanks Denise and Hamish for your comments.... I've decided to go ahead and we have the surgery booked in before her next season (I am having her speyed as even though I would have loved to have had just one litter, I can't justify it whatsoever because of her 'problems'). I'm just hoping that having her nostrils done, a possible ESP correction and a spey isn't all too much for her..... on the up side; really pleased to hear that your surgery went well Hamish; and thanks again for 'reporting' back :)
Good luck! Let us know how Dorothy does. :)
As a follow-up, you can further read more about Stenotic Nare here.

How's Dorothy doing?
Thanks for all your advice; sorry it's taken a while to reply but I've just bought a business and have been very, very busy. (Upside is Dorothy can come to work with me - how perfect can work get?!!) She's due to go for the surgery next Thurs, 21st May. I'm still a little apprehensive as to whether this operation is just 'fashionable' at the moment, as she hasn't collapsed or shown any major distress - just the usual snorts, grunts and groans I've always heard..... and I can't bear the thought of her having a sore nose afterwards :( keep you all posted.....
Congratulations on your new business. :) Don't worry--the surgery seems harsh but Hamish didn't seem too worse for wear. And they say if it's not done, it puts a big strain on their hearts/lungs and will shorten their lives. Hamish's nose was a bit itchy but he got his stitches out a week ago and his nose is almost back to normal today except with larger nostrils! And he breathes sooo much better! It's now like nothing every happened (except he gets more air!). So think of it like by the beginning of June, Dorothy will be like new!
My youngest pug, Bam bam just had the operation. He had his stenotic nares resected, his soft palate resected and he had enverted sacules removed. Honestly it was horrible but worth it. He had been having breathing problems all his life, to the point where his tongue turned blue one day. I saved up money from my income tax and used it for the big day! $1300 later I feel better because they didnt know he had the enverted sacules til they got inside and they were blocking his airway. The first 3 days after the surgery were horrible just to warn you!!! He kept vomitting blood non stop, wouldnt eat or drink, wouldnt go potty. But today he is a new dog, he can breath!
Holy moly!! Hamish didn't have any of those problems after his surgery--he was just sleepy but didn't vomit and went potty normally!! I'm so sorry Bam Bam had to go through that!!!
Gosh Bam Bam's experience sounds awful.... It's still hard for me to take in that she REALLY needs it as she's been running round like a loony on the beach this week. She does stop quite quickly for a pant though when other dogs can just keep going. I've spoken to the Veterinary nurse this morning and again to the Vet and he's going to spey her first then while she's under ring me up and tell me just what damage she has internally. We're in first thing in the morning so I'll keep you updated.... not looking forward to the next few days : and thanks again for your interest :(
I tried to convince myself that Bam bam didnt need the surgery for a while even though I knew. The doctors didnt seem completely sure if he needed it so it was confusing. For a little while I thought he had grown out of it because he hadnt had breathing troubles for about 2 months or so. But 1 day when I was leaving work with him in the back seat he started gasping and his tongue started to turn blue so the next day I got his records and took him over to the specialist. Now that its done Im glad its over. Good luck!!

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