- Feb 19, 2011
- Bulldog(s) Names
Hi, my ten month old bully has a cleft palate. He has surgery last summer. The entire soft and hard palate was open. The soft palate has completely healed but the hard palate still has a 3.5cm hole. The vets want us to redo the surgery, telling us it may take 3 or 4 tries. Each surgery requires MONTHS of recovery, in which our dog is not allowed to chew ANYTHING! Last time we had to keep him in his pen most of the day and night without even a blanket, as he is a real chewer. We just don't know what to do. Should we do the surgery again? The concern is if we don't he could get aspiration pneumonia, which could kill him. BUT, the surgery is so horrible for him to recover from and it might not work. We just don't know. Should we give him a longer life with lots of medical treatments, or a shorter, but quality life? Has anyone been through this? Any advice?