Cleft palate repair in a 16 week old French bulldog puppy
An 8 week old male intact French Bulldog puppy presented to Cornell's Soft Tissue Service for surgical repair of a congenital cleft palate. The surgery was delayed until he was 16 weeks old and in adequate body condition. Cleft palates have many causes and without surgery most of these animals will die of aspiration pneumonia or be euthanized. His soft palate was repaired first. The edges of the palate were freshened with a scalpel blade and sutured together. His hard palate was fixed using a single mucoperiosteal flap technique. As of the writing of this seminar, the defect had not yet completely healed. This report discusses the suspected causes, clinical signs, and prognosis for a patient with a congenital cleft palate. In addition, the surgical repairs are described in detail.
Senior seminar paperSeminar SF610.1 2008 C54
Dogs -- Abnormalities -- Treatment -- Case studies; Dogs -- Surgery -- Case studies