5 Things To Know About Stenotic Nares Surgery

For some dogs, breathing is a chore. And it’s not because they’re out of shape, have bad habits or prefer to breathe with their mouths open. It’s because a congenital trait, passed down through generations, makes it challenging to breathe through their nose.


The condition, which is part of the brachycephalic airway obstructive syndrome, is known as stenotic nares. And fortunately, a fairly common surgery is able to correct it. At Dr. Kelly’s Vet, we’ve performed hundreds of these surgeries over the years, helping animals breathe better while their owners avoid a hefty bill for the procedure. 


If you aren’t familiar with stenotic nares, here are five things you need to know about it.


What it is.

Stenotic nares is a condition some dogs and cats experience where their nostrils are narrowed or pinched, making it difficult to breathe through their nostrils. Sometimes, the pinching is so severe it almost appears as if the nostrils are closed entirely. As a result, the animal is forced to breathe through its mouth.


What symptoms accompany it.

Besides the pinched nostrils, dogs and cats living with stenotic nares may exhibit noisy breathing while inhaling, blue gums due to a lack of oxygen, a less than willing attitude to exercise and be active, and fainting. The labored breathing eventually puts strain on the animal’s larynx, which could collapse — in severe cases.


What breeds are affected.

A number of breeds are most often affected by stenotic nares, and most commonly it’s the breeds of dogs and cats with short noses or squished faces. The breeds of dogs that most often run into stenotic nares issues include: Boston Terriers, Boxers, Bulldogs, Kings Charles Spaniels, Lhasa Apsos, Pugs and Shih Tzus. In cats, Persians, Himalayans and Exotic Short Hairs most often experience stenotic nares.


What the surgery entails.

Stenotic nares surgery can be done using a few different techniques. However, in general, the surgery aims to widen the nostrils and can often be done at the same time a dog or cat is being neutered. During the procedure, a small section of each nostril is removed to open the airway and make it easier for the animal to breathe. The incisions heal on their own within about a month.


What is the cost.

Every animal is different, which means the needs of each animal vary. Industry averages put it between $200 and $1,000, leaving room for several factors, including the severity of the issue and the method being used in the procedure. At Dr. Kelly’s Vet, our goal is to provide accessible, affordable surgeries for animals so their owners are stuck with a sizable bill. 


If you’re considering stenotic nares surgery and want to discuss your individual situation, reach out to us. We’re happy to answer your questions or schedule a consultation to get a good idea of how we can help.


Dr. Kelly’s Surgical Unit is a trusted veterinary team serving the Phoenix, Peoria and Tucson metro areas, with accessible locations in each market, offering affordable surgery, affordable  spay and neuter procedures and affordable dental care for pets. Contact us to learn more about our affordable services and our accessible appointments.   

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