What are Stenotic Nares?
This is a condition where the openings of the nose or nasal passages are too narrow. These dogs will snore when inhaling or mouth breathing. When inhaling it creates a vacuum that causes the soft palate to be sucked back to the opening of the trachea. Repeated strain on the respiratory system creates an elongated palate that can interfere with normal breathing even at rest. With normal breathing now restricted these dogs cannot normally expel air, dissipate heat from their body and if the condition is severe enough it can lead to aspiration pneumonia.
What breeds are more at risk?
Brachycephalic breeds such as French bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Pugs, Etc. Stenotic nares are rarely seen in cats but breeds such as persians are more at risk.
What can be done?
A brief surgery called a nasal resection can be done early in life to open up the nasal passages. By just slightly broadening the nasal passage it quadruples the air flow. This removes the suction in the back of the throat and helps the soft palate heal. Owners will hear less snoring as the dogs recover. Severe cases will need soft palate resection, however if done early in life the mild to moderate cases should not require the procedure.
Who performs the procedure?
Currently Dr. Paul Kendall is performing the procedure out of the Quinpool Road location. If you believe your pet would benefit from the procedure please contact us at 902-422-8595 to setup a consult.