Black Labrador Born With A Cleft Lip And Palate Can Finally Play

Black Labrador Born With A Cleft Lip And Palate Can Finally Play

Felix, a charming black Labrador, resides in Alaska, United States, and has gained significant popularity on the Imgur social media platform. His endearing journey has attracted numerous fans who enjoy witnessing the adorable furry companion’s progress.

Felix was rescued by his father, Jamie, when he was only 11 days old. The breeder had sought Jamie’s assistance after noticing that one of the puppies in the litter was not growing properly and suffered from a severe cleft palate and cleft lip, rendering the pup unable to feed from its mother.

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The process of saving Felix was a challenging one. Jamie recalls, “At that critical moment, he had also developed aspiration pneumonia and was unlikely to survive another 24 hours.” However, Jamie decided to take him home and provided nourishment through a feeding tube for the following seven weeks, along with treating his pneumonia. Today, Felix is a thriving 14-month-old black lab puppy.

Black Labrador Born With A Cleft Lip And Palate Can Finally Play

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The precise cause of cleft lip and palate in both humans and animals remains unknown. Jamie explains that this condition can arise due to nutritional deficiencies or exposure to specific substances during prenatal development.

Despite facing various medical challenges, Felix is a true warrior who doesn’t let his conditions hinder his joy and enthusiasm. His intestines are on the opposite side of his body, he has only one functional eyeball, and his jaws are misaligned, resulting in his distinct and angular facial appearance.

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“Due to his unmatched teeth, Felix can only consume canned food. Occasionally, I offer him hard food to make him feel included, but he struggles to pick it up. Nevertheless, he stays content and engaged,” says Jamie.

Black Labrador Born With A Cleft Lip And Palate Can Finally Play

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In January of this year, Felix underwent surgery to repair his clefts. His unilateral cleft palate, affecting both the hard and soft palates, was expertly addressed by the veterinarian, who used Felix’s own tissue to reconstruct the palatal issues.

Before the operation, Felix experienced difficulties in eating and drinking, and Jamie had to clean the food from his cleft every time he fed. However, since the surgery, a neurological tic has developed, causing Felix to spin around and occasionally bark at the air, likely due to the dislocation of his skull. To address this, they are trying out some new medications to see if they can provide relief for Felix.”

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