Cleft palates in dogs commonly produce sneezing when eating or drinking and/or chronic nasal infections. Peanut was born with a cleft of the hard and soft palate, the most common type of cleft palate in dogs.
This is a picture of Peanut’s hard palate defect. This allows the bacteria from the mouth to enter the nose and cause long term problems.
This is a picture of Peanut’s soft hole in the soft palate. This can affect swallowing as well as cause problems when eating and drinking
Surgical repair requires a special technique published in 2011 by Dr. Beckman in the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry. Careful dissection of the palate tissue to move it over the hole in the bone and 2 layer repair of the soft palate is shown here three weeks after repair of Peanuts cleft palate.