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Laser Surgery for Stenotic Nares (Persian Cats)

Species: cat | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 2 August 2010 01:45AM | viewed 62202 times
Q Si asks:

Our persian cat is 5 months old and although he was born with nice, open nostrils they seem to be becoming more narrow as he gets older. He has trouble breathing because of this during play and sleep and needs to also have his mouth open sometimes after playing. At night, his nostrils make a whistling sound, which is becoming more prominent over time. When we picked him up from the breeder, we also bought the mother, who is now 2 years old. She suffers from the same problem. She also makes snorting noises if you try to play with her, as if she has mucus in her throat, that kind of noise. We previously had a persian for 18 years without this issue and wasn't expecting it. I wish they weren't bred like this! The breeder had only commented on their runny eyes, telling us that it was a trend they were trying to move away from, for the health of the cat. She didn't mention the breathing though. I have read snippets of info on the net about laser surgery to widen the nostrils, but I can't find any decent information about it in the UK. My questions are How safe and effective is it? How much would I expect to pay, or would it be covered by PetPlan? (We have their topmost expensive policy for both cats). Do you have any recommendations for places in the South-East of England that perform this? I hate hearing them have breathing problems. They are still young enough to have a decent life without this problem, so if we can help then we'd love to. Thanks, Si

Q Our vet says: I am sorry to hear about your young Persian cat. Stenotic nares are a problem with this breed and it can be difficult to tell how badly a cat will be affected when you are choosing a young kitten.

Your best course of action would be to take your cat along to your local vet who, if necessary, will be able to refer your cat to a specialist for further treatment. Your local vet will be able to give you a better idea of the likely costs involved once they have assessed your cat and perhaps spoken to the referral centre if required.

Laser surgery is certainly becoming more widely available in the UK, but the choice of procedure, if any, should be made on the basis of what is right for your cat.

The safety and efectiveness of any surgery is something which the veterinary surgeon undertaking the procedure will be able to discuss with you, since they can see the severity of the problem and assess your cat's general state of health and make an informed decision with regard to the particular case. There is of course always some risk to any anaesthetic or surgery.

As regards the insurance cover available it is always wise to call your insurance provider to ask if a particular treatment will be covered before going ahead with any procedure. Only they can say whether your policy will cover the treatment costs or not.

I hope all goes well for your cat.

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