Treatment for Stenotic Nares at Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital
If you've ever found it hard to breathe on an especially hot day here in Las Vegas, NV, imagine how tough it must be for your short-nosed pet. Short-nosed breeds have special breathing challenges related to their peculiar anatomy. One common problem is a nasal deformity known as stenotic nares. This condition can cause everything from noisy breathing and snorting to a collapse of the larynx. The good news is that there are several things we can do to enhance your pet's respiratory abilities here at gentle Doctor Animal Hospital.
Respiratory Challenges for Short-Nosed Breeds
Many breeds of dogs and cats are bred to have flat noses. These brachycephalic, or short-nosed, breeds include Pugs, Boston Terriers, French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Boxers, and Persian cats. As adorable as these animals look, their flat faces present these animals with some potentially serious problems, including a number of upper-respiratory abnormalities which are collectively called brachycephalic airway syndrome. Stenotic nares are a byproduct of brachycephalic breeding. They are unusually narrow nostrils which may resemble slits instead of holes. These narrow air passages tend to close up when the animal is inhaling, resulting in sniffling, snorting, or snoring sounds.
Hot weather, humid air, stressful situations, and obesity can all aggravate the breathing difficulties caused by stenotic nares. You may notice your pet struggling to breathe or even growing faint from lack of oxygen. Blue-colored gums are another sign of a breathing crisis. To complicate things further, labored breathing raises the air pressure in the larynx, which may collapse altogether, a potentially fatal situation.
Strategies to Help Your Pet Breathe More Easily
If your pet is clearly experiencing problems due to his stenotic nares, bring him to Gentle Doctor Animal Hospital. Even if your pet appears healthy, our veterinary team may point out this condition in the course of an annual wellness exam. The easiest way to cope with stenotic nares is to make it as easy as possible for your pet to breather in other respects, such as keeping your pet out of extreme temperatures, exercising him with care, and controlling his weight. Severe cases of stenotic nares can be corrected with surgery. We can widen your pet's nostrils so that more oxygen can pass through the airway with less pressure and stress on the larynx.
Visit Our Veterinary Clinic in Las Vegas
Does your pet need a little help getting enough air because of his brachycephalic condition? Call our veterinary clinic in Las Vegas, NV, at (702) 259-9200 to schedule a consultation. You'll breathe easier knowing that your pet is doing the same!