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  • Veterinary expert: Spare flat-faced pets the respiratory distress

    A bulldog on a veterinary table with a stethoscope at its nose

    During an initial exam, Dr. Heidi Phillips uses a stethoscope to determine whether any air is making it through a bulldog’s obstructed nostrils.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes:    

    To reach Heidi Phillips, email or contact College of Veterinary Medicine communications director Christine Beuoy at

    Related papers:

    Heidi Phillips, Updates in Upper Respiratory Surgery, Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, Volume 52, Issue 2, 2022; Pages 339-368, ISSN 0195-5616, ISBN 9780323986991,

    Song, A, Phillips, H, Oliveira, CR, McCoy, AM. CT volumetric analysis permits comparison of tongue size and tongue fat in different canine brachycephalic and mesaticephalic breeds. Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2023; 64: 429–438. \

    Gleason HE, Phillips H, Fries R, Keating S, Hamel P, McCoy A. Ala vestibuloplasty improves cardiopulmonary and activity-related parameters in brachycephalic cats. Vet Surg. 2023 May;52(4):575-586. doi: 10.1111/vsu.13948. Epub 2023 Mar 7. PMID: 36882053.