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    OK, so I was told by our vet today to consider getting the alar fold resection for Prim because of her small nose holes. They said it can cause future problems down the road.
    J was doing some research and found some stories about the Pugs nose falling off...
    Has anyone had this surgery done? And how well did it turn out? This is a HUGE concern for me. She doesn't seem to struggle too much with breathing or other things so I'm not sure that's a big issue. Please let me know what you think, or any experiences you have had.
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    I have no first hand experience, but the nose falling off sounds like a pretty drastic complication. When we were considering having it done for Wally the vet said sometimes it looks funny if you look too closely and pay too much attention to it -- like a person with a nose job.

    How old is Prim? Wally's nose suddenly grew when he was 6 months and he didn't have any problem any more. If Prim is not mouth breathing, panting or gasping, I would be thinking pretty carefully whether or not it was truly necessary, unless she is having an anesthetic for a necessary procedure anyhow.
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    better to open the nares and resect the palate than to take out the nose roll, it usually doesn't help much with breathing, just with chronic infections in the area.

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    Oh, I misunderstood... the alar fold is the nose roll surgery?? that never occurred to me as the surgery was described for Prim's stenotic nares. That makes no sense then. It was the nare surgery that was recommended for Wally. I have never seen a pug with a nose roll so big it impaired breathing....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wally 'n' Leto View Post
    Oh, I misunderstood... the alar fold is the nose roll surgery?? that never occurred to me as the surgery was described for Prim's stenotic nares. That makes no sense then. It was the nare surgery that was recommended for Wally. I have never seen a pug with a nose roll so big it impaired breathing....
    Nope you are right! I have never heard of the stenotic nares surgery referred to by that name and just ASSUMED (my bad) that it was the nose roll surgery.

    I have never heard of a pug having any severe complications following nare surgery, however it should be done after the dog is full adult size, if needed.

    Sorry....I really shouldn't assume...

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    Lisa, I think we both need a little nip and to head to bed. :) (well, you can have a nip for me) We're obviously tired or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6 Beautiful Pugs View Post
    better to open the nares and resect the palate than to take out the nose roll, it usually doesn't help much with breathing, just with chronic infections in the area.

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    I agree!!!! I don't remember how old your girl is.....but as the heads grow....many of the openings get larger. Do nothing til she's about 9 mo old as long as she's eating, playing well..
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    They said they usually do it when they are spayed or neutered since they are already under. Im planning on having her spayed when she is about 6 months old but I'm thinking no on the nose surgery. They would cut a piece from the nose so the nose hole opening is bigger. She only snores at certain times such as sleeping. She runs around a lot and does not pant as much as she snores at night. So if she is not having big problems from running around like a crazy dog then I don't think it is something to worry too hard about.
    I keep hearing the same thing about there nose possibly growing more or growing into their noses. So i am just going to wait until she is a bit older.
    Thank you guys!

    Also, what exactly is a nip? Are we talking drink, nap? LOL. Had to ask!
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    The nose roll surgery was suggested for Mz Tilly, but to keep the upper edge and hairs from rubbing the corner of her eyes. Same thing was suggested for Miss Angel. Not sure if we are all talking the same nose roll procedure. The nare and soft palate reduction are for sure 2 different procedures. I have quotes for all 3. Really the soft palate and nose roll would help tilly some, the nares are fine (at least externally).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niki01 View Post
    Also, what exactly is a nip? Are we talking drink, nap? LOL. Had to ask!
    A nip is a drink!
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