What is a Cleft Palate?
A cleft palate is a congenital condition in which the roof of the mouth, or palate, does not form properly during fetal development. This results in a gap or split in the palate, which can make it difficult for the animal to eat or breathe properly. Cleft palate is more commonly seen in brachycephalic breeds, such as Bulldogs and Boston Terriers, but can occur in any breed or mixed-breed dog.
Symptoms of Cleft Palate
The symptoms of cleft palate can vary depending on the severity of the condition, but common signs include:
- Difficulty nursing or eating
- Regurgitation of food or water
- Coughing or choking during meals
- Persistent nasal discharge
- Difficulty breathing or noisy breathing
If you suspect that your pet is experiencing cleft palate, it’s important to seek veterinary care right away. Delaying treatment can lead to more severe complications, including malnutrition and respiratory infections.
Cleft Palate Surgery
During cleft palate surgery, our experienced veterinary surgeons will carefully repair the gap or split in the palate using specialized surgical techniques. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and may require an overnight stay in the hospital for monitoring and pain management.
After the procedure, your pet will need to eat a soft, moist diet for several weeks to allow the surgical site to heal properly. Our veterinary team will provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions, including information about pain management and monitoring for potential complications.
At VIP Animal Hospital, we are committed to providing your pet with the highest quality of care possible. If you suspect that your pet is experiencing cleft palate, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment. Our team of veterinary professionals is here to help you and your pet get back to enjoying life together.