It is important to understand the following when it comes to choosing your surgeon if you are deciding on airway improvement:
- Appropriate airway correction potentially involves 5 procedures – not just nares opening and palate shortening.
- Many surgeons, including some specialists, and those with significant reputations within the kennel clubs, only do two or maybe three of the five procedures. Hence we advise that it is particularly important to interview your vet regardless of recommendations, reputations or because they are specialists.
- The most experienced surgeons will preadvise that your dog may potentially require each of these five procedures.
- If any of the five procedures are not preadvised we encourage you to ask if they are comfortable doing them, and how often have they done each of those procedures. We understand that this is potentially an awkward question, but with something this important we think it’s worth asking.
The five procedures are:
– Nares widening
– Palate shortening
– Palate thinning
– Laryngeal saccules removal
– Tonsil removal