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Stenotic Nares Surgery

Stenotic Nares Surgery Helps Your Pet in 

Toronto to Breathe Better

Some dog owners find that when they bring their pets to an animal hospital for a physical exam, the veterinarian mentions something called stenotic nares. Stenotic nares is a condition that causes breathing problems for certain dog breeds due to the way their head, muzzle, and throat are shaped. But don’t worry, as this is a condition that can be fixed with surgery. At Jane Animal Hospital of Toronto, our veterinarians offer this surgery to help pets with stenotic nares to breathe better. Here is a bit of information that explains more about stenotic nares.


What Does Stenotic Nares Refer To?

Stenotic nares is one of the possible conditions of brachycephalic syndrome, an ailment that is caused by a set of abnormalities in the upper airway of shortened head dogs. Stenotic nares, in particular, refer to the malformed nostrils that are partially collapsed or too narrow to allow for proper breathing. This condition is typically found only in certain dog breeds. However, it can be an issue with some Persian cat breeds, too.

Types of Breeds Stenotic Nares Affect

Dogs bred for shorter noses or particular head shapes may be most at risk for stenotic nares, such as English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, and Pekingese.

Stenotic Nares Surgery

Stenotic nares is an uncomfortable condition that can cause breathing issues, sleeping problems, and a variety of other serious symptoms. The most effective solution is surgery. During surgery, a veterinarian will remove small sections in your dog’s nostrils where the folds make it difficult to breathe. By doing this, it essentially widens the inner nostril opening and makes it easier for your dog to breathe. 

You will probably notice that your pet’s nostrils look larger or “unblocked” after the surgery, but otherwise, your pet will still look the same.

When Your Pet Should Have This Surgery Done

The sooner your pet can have stenotic nares surgery done, the better it is for your animal. Most veterinarians recommend doing this type of surgery around the time your pet gets spayed or neutered. Leaving this condition untreated can create serious health problems as your pet grows.

Contact Our Animal Hospital in Toronto for More Information

If you have any questions about stenotic nares surgery or want to learn more about the condition, contact Jane Animal Hospital, serving the Toronto area, at (416) 762-5558, and we can schedule an appointment for you and your pet to see our veterinarians.

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