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Cleft Palate in Dogs

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Treatment

 

Treatment is surgical repair of the defect. Surgical correction is usually postponed until 3-4 months of age, if possible. More than one surgery is often necessary for complete closure of the opening in the palate.

 

Living and Management

 

Puppies with cleft palates should be fed with a long nipple which brings food into the oro-pharynx (the part of the mouth behind the palate but in front of the voice box), or with a feeding tube inserted into the stomach until the defect can be surgically repaired.

 

 
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