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Vet. Sci. 2018, 5(3), 61; https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci5030061

Management of Cleft Palate in Puppies Using A Temporary Prosthesis: A Report of Three Cases

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Clinic for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Andrology of Large and Small Animals with Ambulatory Service, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Justus-Liebig-University, 35392 Giessen, Germany
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Department of Veterinary Clinical Science, Small Animal Clinic, Surgery, Justus-Liebig-University, 35392 Giessen, Germany
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Received: 26 May 2018 / Revised: 19 June 2018 / Accepted: 20 June 2018 / Published: 24 June 2018
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Abstract

Cleft palate in dogs is a congenital defect that mostly leads to euthanasia of the affected puppy. If an attempt is made to raise the puppy, it is generally fed via an orogastric tube. Here, we describe the management of cleft palate in three puppies (two Boxers, one Collie) using a customised temporary prosthesis, which allowed the puppies to be bottle-fed and successfully raised by their owners (Cases 2 and 3) and the author (Case 1). The temporary palatal prosthesis was manufactured from a mouthguard intended for human children, which is made of thermoplastic silicone. The preparation procedure was simple and cost-effective. All puppies underwent corrective surgery at 5–6 months of age. After surgery, one of the Boxer puppies showed mandibular mesioclusion, while the other two showed no aberrations. All puppies gained the same amount of weight as their littermates, although the weight gain of the two Boxers was slower than that of their littermates. In summary, this case report describes an easy and effective way to raise puppies with cleft palate until corrective surgery can be performed. View Full-Text
Keywords: cleft palate; palatoschisis; puppy; temporary prosthesis cleft palate; palatoschisis; puppy; temporary prosthesis
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Conze, T.; Ritz, I.; Hospes, R.; Wehrend, A. Management of Cleft Palate in Puppies Using A Temporary Prosthesis: A Report of Three Cases. Vet. Sci. 2018, 5, 61.

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