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    I had all of those procedures done on Bella at 6 months as well. She didn't have laser surgery and did have stitches so there was no red/rawness like what your girl has. I would probably bring it up to your vet though. I fed Bella softened dry food for about 2 weeks post surgery because of the soft palette. As far as keeping her calm, good luck! Bella was horrible when we had her out of her crate, so she spent a lot of time in it or being held during the first 2 weeks. By the way, your baby is adorable!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy's Mom View Post
    I had all of those procedures done on Bella at 6 months as well. She didn't have laser surgery and did have stitches so there was no red/rawness like what your girl has. I would probably bring it up to your vet though. I fed Bella softened dry food for about 2 weeks post surgery because of the soft palette. As far as keeping her calm, good luck! Bella was horrible when we had her out of her crate, so she spent a lot of time in it or being held during the first 2 weeks. By the way, your baby is adorable!!
    thank you, jennifer, for your reply! interesting how a lot of pugs got their nares done the good ol' fashioned way. i have a vet appt for her this aftn--i have a feeling everything is fine, but i just want to hear it from the vet for my own peace of mind. did your vet tell you to feed softened dry food for 2 weeks or was that your own idea? i'm so glad you can relate to the difficulty of keeping a pug puppy calm for 2 weeks! we have 3 dogs and it's hard to constantly keep an eye on her so every now and then i'll catch her running after her sisters or jumping on them, so i've taken to keeping her in the gated hallway for most of the time, but she seems miserable! she wants to come out and play. do you remember when you were able to walk bella after all the procedures? and your babies are soo adorable as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cookiedough View Post
    thank you, jennifer, for your reply! interesting how a lot of pugs got their nares done the good ol' fashioned way. i have a vet appt for her this aftn--i have a feeling everything is fine, but i just want to hear it from the vet for my own peace of mind. did your vet tell you to feed softened dry food for 2 weeks or was that your own idea? i'm so glad you can relate to the difficulty of keeping a pug puppy calm for 2 weeks! we have 3 dogs and it's hard to constantly keep an eye on her so every now and then i'll catch her running after her sisters or jumping on them, so i've taken to keeping her in the gated hallway for most of the time, but she seems miserable! she wants to come out and play. do you remember when you were able to walk bella after all the procedures? and your babies are soo adorable as well!
    It was on my vet's recommendation to feed softened food for 2 weeks after the surgery. After the 2 weeks she seemed to do fine with it regular, but I always add water to their dry kibble so they don't inhale and choke on their food. I waited 2 weeks for the walks as well, just to be sure she was completely healed. She was miserable as well, but I knew it was for her own good to keep her calm. Give your baby a smooch from us!!
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    I don't have any advice, just wanted to send hugs to you and your baby. She really has been through a lot. Please give her a gentle hug and kiss for me. She is beautiful
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    Mine were both stitches. I haven't seen nares done by laser, so don't know if that is normal. My guys barely looked like their noses had anything done to them. There were little purple stitches, that dissolved and no other signs.
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    My Rocky had the palate surgery done when he was about 6 months old. I made sure to feed the softened food for at least a week and a half just to make sure it was fully healed. My vet also used the laser surgery.

    The benefits of the laser surgery is a faster recovery, less swelling and bleeding, and therefore, I think less pain.

    My Gizmo had the nare surgery. We waited till he was full grown just to make sure his nares didn't grow anymore cause I didn't want to have the surgery performed unless it was necessary (some vets are surgery happy). Gizmo's was also done with the laser. It healed so well and quickly. When we went to pick him up he was so happy, you could tell he could actually breath and there was no more foam or bubbles coming from his nose cause he could breath. I didn't have to put any cream on or anything.

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    thanks, everdream!

    candace, i'm glad your guys had an easy recovery!

    pugs4life, thank you for your response and the pics! i know it's time consuming to post pics, so i do appreciate it! do you remember how long it took for gizmo to be fully healed? and do you remember his nostrils looking extremely pink/red and kind of swollen during the recovery process?

    rosiepug, the vet said doughy looks fine and that while her nostrils do look a bit irritated, she should heal normally. she explained that with the laser procedure and no stitches, the nostrils must "patch up" without any help, so it sometimes takes longer than the traditional route. she also said doughy's spay stitches looked great and that everything looked fine. i suppose i just needed to hear it from the vet. i do feel relieved!

    thank you all for your kind thoughts and responses! doughy says she feels so special.
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    Glad to hear everything is going well. You are a good mommy, to worry about your girl.
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