Original Article - Clinical
Repair of a Bifid Nose Combined with a Cleft of the Primary Palate in a 1-Year-Old Dog
Article first published online: 8 SEP 2011
© Copyright 2011 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Volume 40, Issue 7, pages 865–869, October 2011
How to Cite
Arzi, B. and Verstraete, F. J.M. (2011), Repair of a Bifid Nose Combined with a Cleft of the Primary Palate in a 1-Year-Old Dog. Veterinary Surgery, 40: 865–869. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2011.00880.x
- Issue published online: 5 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 8 SEP 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: FEB 2011
- Manuscript Received: NOV 2010
To report surgical repair of a bifid nose combined with a cleft of the primary palate.
A 1-year-old, male castrated Springer spaniel dog.
With the dog in sternal recumbency, an extraoral (dorsal) approach to the nose was performed, and after surgical margins were outlined, a Y-shaped skin incision was made to remove redundant tissue and expose the bifid nasal cartilages. The cartilages were opposed and sutured together and the skin closed in 2 layers. The dog was repositioned in dorsal recumbency, and the 2 maxillary first incisor teeth were extracted. After tangential incision and undermining of the cleft defect, the mucosa was sutured in 1 layer.
Healing was uneventful and there was an immediate return to normal function. At 2 weeks, 3 and 6 months function was excellent without further clinical signs.
Bifid nose associated with a cleft of the primary palate can be surgically corrected.