Spay and Soft Palate Surgery at the same time??
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    Default Spay and Soft Palate Surgery at the same time??

    Greetings fellow pug lovers! My little Darla will be 6 months old in a month. Her dad and I want to do the nostril/palate surgery (for improvements in her quality of life). We are also planning on having her spayed at the 6 month age mark. Has anyone heard if its okay to do the surgeries at the same time (to avoid anesthesia twice) or do you recommend doing them separately?

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    On the one hand, it's a great idea to have the surgeries done all in one go - it reduces the risk of repeated anesthesia.

    But - is a soft palate reduction necessary? Often on younger dogs, if a nostril enlargement is done soon enough, it can avert the problems associated with an elongated palate entirely. Soft palate surgery is fairly major, and not without some risk. Nostril enlargement is much less major. May I ask if your vet recommended these procedures?

    Also, on the note of spaying - I am in no way prescribing what you should do, or what would be the best choice of action in your situation, but please be aware that there is strong evidence showing that early spaying (spaying before your dog is an adult, so at least a year old, and after her first heat cycle) leads to negative health effects later in life.
    Here is an article by a vet:
    Don't Make This Mistake When Scheduling Your Dog's Neutering Procedure
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    I'm seconding Nina's point about nostril enlargement: If she's young enough (7 months or so) and her throat isn't too closed off, nostril enlargement can sometimes preclude the need for throat surgery in pugs, the VCA specialist just told me before Chainsaw's surgery a week ago.
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    Hmm... these are interesting points. I thought they did the palate and nostril enlargement all together!
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    I believe they often do - -Pooka had them both at once, and has done beautifully. But if the doc doesn't need to mess with the throat, believe me, it's best to leave it alone.

    And I don't want to scare you unduly. As long as you have an experienced specialist do it, she should be just fine.
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    I agree with Nina. I 100% believe in spay/neuter at an older age. My Oscar just turned 1 year old and is still intact. I may keep him like that forever, or I will neuter him between 18-24 months old. With females, it is best to go through at least one heat cycle, to make sure their hormones have changed and matured. Most females don't even go into heat until about 8-9 months. 6 months is far too young IMO. And, I would also just do the nostril enlarging, far less invasive than throat surgery. My vet said Ruby may need soft palate surgery when she gets her eye surgery, but honestly she rarely ever snores. Her nose gets runny though, so I will be getting the nostril enlargement for her.

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