For Elle the Frenchie, owner Quill and her veterinarian decided the best course of action was to tackle all of the above: opening nares, shortening the soft palate and removing the saccules. "Basically anything that could block her breathing she had," says Colleen. "The palate was shortened, nodes removed and they widened her nostrils. Yes, she had a 'nose job.'"
The total cost for a series of procedures such as Elle's is around $3,000 and many pet insurance companies, such as Trupanion, may cover a portion of such services. After an overnight stay immediately following surgery, pups are sent home with dissolvable stitches in the nostrils and recovery time is approximately one month. During this time a course of antibiotics is typically administered and exercise should be limited.
For Quill and Elle, surgery was a success: "I'm glad that Elle had it done. It has improved her life so much. She has more energy and I'm glad I did it. Elle can play much longer."
The physical health of your dog is something to seriously consider before deeming your pooch a candidate for such an undertaking and is not a decision one should reach without a lot of preparation, especially if your companion is on the chubby side, as even an extra couple of pounds on a pooch can cause complications on the operating table (extra weight can put pressure on the heart). "Ask questions, ask what you can do to properly prepare your dog. Make sure you are comfortable with your surgeon and ask questions about the procedure and after care," says Quill.