“Stenotic nares” is a medical term that means the nostril openings are too tiny. It is a common condition in brachycephalic breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs and Shih Tzus. Small nostril openings make it very difficult to breath and move air during exercise & excitement. To understand what it feel like for these dogs, think about how it feel when we have a bad sinus cold- trying to eat and breath, talk and breath and even do light exercise..it is not easy! Jersey is the happiest, sweetest little French bulldog who recently underwent surgery to correct his stenotic nares. The surgery is a relatively simple procedure but for Jersey it was a little more risky because he was also born with a congenital heart defect. With special precautions both before and after surgery, Jersey came through the procedure with flying colors. He also had surgery on his larynx & voice box to remove extra tissue (everted saccule) blocking the opening to his windpipe. Jersey is now breathing easier and has a cute new look to his already adorable nose!