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Old 02-12-2013, 01:28 PM
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I have a pekingese/shih tzu mix and my vet has suggested for her to have the surgery done while she goes in for her spaying. Do you guys think she will need the surgery? Currently she does snore when she sleeps and has a consistant runny nose. The vet mentioned that once she has the surgery done, the sniffles/runny nose shoudl subside.
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Welcome to the forum!
Glad to see another peke person here!

It's hard to really see well from your photos (such a cutie btw ), but it does appear that her nose is a bit pinched. The nostrils should be more open. Not the best photo but it might give you an idea of what her nostrils should be like.


Personally I would opt for it if that's what the vet is recommending. My parents had it done on one of their pugs and it was a pretty easy surgery. She recovered very quickly (pretty much was back to herself the next day) and it immediately resolved her breathing issues. I'm not sure how much it will help with a runny nose though.
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Thanks, kmes. Just wanted to see if it will worth the $260 - $360 that the vet has quoted me for. Her nostrils are pretty narrow and I too think that it will help her in the long run, especially in the hot summer. Now only if she would just grasp the potty trainning sooner... =)
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Oh! That price really isn't too bad!

In the long run it should save you some money if you do her nose and spay together! If you decide to wait until later you'll have to pay for anesthesia, pre-op bloodwork, and the other such costs of surgery a second time.

Not to mention doing her spay and nose at the same time will mean less stress for you and her!

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The price isn't too terrible, just that since we have gotten her back in Christmas, we have spent over $1000 on her already, including the price of the dog. The main driver for me is to only have her under one time instead of multiple times. This is my first puppy, so it is getting a bit scary for us. How is the recovery period on the nose surgery?
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Recovery is fine. Will they also check to see if her palate is too long like in Bulldogs? If so, that recovery is a bit more dramatic right afterward (in the hospital) due to swelling but once home they should be fine.

I would absolutely do the surgery... I don't think it's done often enough. It makes a HUGE difference in smooshy-face breeds.
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I called and asked about the palate thing and the person answered the phone told me that if it was an issue, the vet would have mentioned something during our last visit. Made the appointment to have the surgery done next weekend, hopefully all will go well.
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The vet would not know unless they did a sedated oral exam so I would ask to speak to the vet directly. Doing just the nares would definitely help but doing the combo is the best.
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The vet would not know unless they did a sedated oral exam so I would ask to speak to the vet directly. Doing just the nares would definitely help but doing the combo is the best.
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Just spoke with the vet whom will be performing the surgery this Friday. Apparently they do not perform the ESP surgery there and will have to schedule a board certified specialist for that. She has also mentioned that a lot of people do three surgeries at once, the stenotic nares, ESP and some other surgery which I neglect to recall. Since she will not be in until Friday, she won't have additional information for me until then. Now I am contemplating rather to have the stenotic nares surgery with her spaying this Friday or if I should wait until I can get all three of the other ones done at the same time. Any thoughts?
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It is nares, palate and saccuoles if they are everted but often times they are not. My opinion is this: she's not a typical breed to need this surgery. It's usually bulldogs, pugs, frenchies and Bostons to be honest. When they anesthetize her for the spay, the vet should look at her palate. If it looks fine, I'd go ahead and let her just do the nares. If she thinks the palate is long and you're willing to do the full surgery, I'd hold off on the nares and have them all done together.
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