Cleft palate is a condition where the soft or hard palate of a cat or dog does not properly form prior to birth, leaving a hole in the roof of the mouth and a connection between the nose and mouth. This condition is believed to be genetic and it not only occurs in humans, but can occur in cat and dog breeds as well. Certain dog breeds and cat breeds such as the Bombay and Burmese have a higher tendency of acquiring this condition. Symptoms include nursing and eating difficulties, milk coming out the nostrils, weight gaining problems, loud breathing, coughing, gagging, sneezing, and pneumonia in more severe cases. Smaller holes may close up on their own, along with proper care and tube feeding, however larger holes may require surgery.
To learn more about Cleft Palate in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.
Has your pet ever been diagnosed with this condition? If so, we’d love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.