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San Diego Pug Club Message Board › Nose surgery

Nose surgery

A former member
Post #: 1
Has anyone heard of nose surgery to expand the nostril for pugs? My vet suggested I do this to help my pug breathe better. He breaths fine now, but she said it will help him when he gets older. Its around 600bucks, but my vet recommends I do it while hes getting his surgery for his neutering. Has anyone heard of this?
Kristi & T.
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San Diego, CA
Post #: 15
My vet told me that I might need to get my black pug's nose done to help her breath when she was 6 months. They wanted to wait and see how she did. She seems fine and is breathing ok. The vet told me that if I notice her having trouble breathing then we can take a look at having it done. They didn't want to put her throught that if she didn't need it. I would get a second opinion from another vet. It doesn't sound like he absolutely needs it.
Angie E
San Diego, CA
Post #: 9
There are actually two different surgeries, one is on thier "snares" or opening of the nose and the other is on the soft pallet. Both can be helpful for troubled breathing, treating two different issues.

I would definitely wait to see if either is ever actually needed, get a second opinon before actually having surgery and you can even see a specialist (I had my 1st pugs soft pallet done by an ear nose and throat specialist, if you can beleive it)

I hope your little one has many years of easy breathing!

A former member
Post #: 2
I actually got the nose surgery done for my youngest pug, but i would check around because i know i moved to another state and things are a lot cheaper here but i paid $45 to get it done when i got him neutered. that is quite a bit of a price difference if you ask me!!!!

And for my first pug when he was a puppy the Dr. thought he might need it, but he grew out of it and breaths better then the one that got it done. if he doesn't need it don't do it, Brazen breaths fine now that he has grown up and i could tell the difference in his nose when he was 6 months old.(thats the one that didn't need it)!

Good luck with whatever you chose to do!!! :)

A former member
Post #: 1
I had it done for one of my 2 pugs. It was very obvious that her nasal passages were small. We were living in Jacksonville, FL at the time and she wasn't able to get any air to breathe and couldn't cool herself off. I know things are more expensive here in SD, but her surgery cost us about $450 to basically expand the nostril. Immediately after the surgery, you could tell she was able to take longer walks through the neighborhood. I'm not saying to get the surgery, just what my experience was.

A former member
Post #: 19
I'm kind of worried that your vet would suggest surgery that your pug doesn't need. Especially $600 surgery.

Surgery of any kind is serious and poses risks, just the anesthesia alone can be very dangerous. So if your pug is not having any problems now, there's no telling that he will have any problems down the road. Surgery now for something that's not a problem, and might not ever be a problem is, in my opinion, reckless.

If my vet suggested this for my pug right now, I'd go to another vet or two and see what they said. If they disagreed, I'd leave that vet who wants $600 from me for an unnecessary procedure and never look back.
San Diego, CA
Post #: 27
My first pug Pia had stenotic nares as well.. I met with a couple different vets to get their opinions and they each said the same thing... its not a necessary procedure, but it could greatly help them down the line.. they also said they I could wait till she got a little bigger to see if her nostrils got any bigger... my 2nd pug Hannah had the same problem but I decided to have the procedure done with her and I am really glad I did... in fact I now wish I that I had done it with Pia.. After having the procedure with Hannah done I noticed that she was a lot more active then usual. She played longer and harder at the parker, could take longer walks and overall seemed much happier.
A former member
Post #: 23
I took Buster to the vet as he would cough and gag whenever he ran around or got excited. Dr Martin noticed that Buster had small nostrils and told me about the surgery to make them bigger, but also said there was another surgery (soft palate) that was less drastic and less expensive ($40). If that didn't work then we would look into the nostril one. He got his soft palate trimmed at the same time he got his teeth cleaned and his breathing was much better immediatly. But again, the vet mentioned those options as I was the one who made an appt specifically for his breathing. I would question a vet who was recommending surgery that wasn't really needed, especially one that costs $600!
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