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Vet Nurses Save Puppy Born With Cleft Palate That Was Due To Be Euthanized

Every pet owner thinks their four-legged friend is perfect, but two veterinary nurses have received praise online after refusing to give up a disabled boxer puppy, who they say is just as perfect and deserves to be loved.

In February 2023, a pregnant boxer dog arrived at the veterinary hospital where Nicole Morvant, 29, and Alyssa Nelson, 30, worked, but once the surgery was complete, their labor was just beginning. One of the puppies was born with a cleft palate and was going to be euthanized, until Morvant and Nelson intervened.

The two veterinary nurses saw great potential in the puppy, as Morvant explained to News week that they “offered to take her” and give her the care she needs. Now 7 weeks old, the boxer (who is waiting to be named) is doing well and her owners insist her disability “doesn’t affect her”.

Morvant said: “The breeder wanted to euthanize her because of her cleft palate, but we refused because it was a fixable problem, so they gave her to us.

“Her cleft palate is quite large, but at first she was able to eat from a bottle (as opposed to tube feeding) every three to four hours, and she now eats regular soft foods several times a day. She will need surgery to correct it when she is older, which we will do at our hospital in the northeast.”

The unnamed boxer puppy pictured after being saved from euthanasia. The veterinary nurses insisted she could lead a normal life and refused to give up, so they offered to take care of her…


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A cleft palate is a birth defect that causes an opening between the mouth and nose, and it can occur at the lip or along the roof of the mouth. According to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), purebred dogs have a higher incidence of cleft palate, and it is more common in Boston terriers, Pekingese, bulldogs, beagles, cocker spaniels. and dachshunds.

The impact of cleft palate varies depending on its severity, but effects can include frequent sneezing and sniffling, coughing while drinking, runny nose, and breathing problems. Surgery is usually done to correct the cleft, but this is difficult in puppies and kittens, so the ACVS recommends waiting until they are around 3 to 4 months old.

Since deciding to keep the adorable boxer puppy, Morvant has shared numerous videos on TikTok (@nicmorva), and she has already gained many fans. A clip posted on March 17 explaining that they were told to “get rid of her” went viral and has already generated more than 4.6 million views and 338,300 likes.

Morvant hopes to show people that they should never give up hope, because even though that puppy may look a little different and face some challenges, he or she is still worth saving.

“At first there were so many people on social media saying she was in pain, that it was cruel to keep her alive and that she wasn’t normal,” Morvant said. News week. “She has a few quirks, but nothing is life-threatening, and we take everything day by day.

“When people see her in person, they think she’s an adorable little puppy. She’s either climbing into our laps to snuggle up for a nap, or she’s being sassy and barking – she recently found her voice and loves it. to use. “

Many TikTok users want to follow the puppy’s journey and have praised the veterinary nurses for saving his life. Not to mention, an unexpected result that has delighted Morvant is the number of people commenting to share their own experiences with a cleft palate.

The dog is quickly becoming a disability advocate in her own right, and many people have told Morvant they are so happy “to see her saved.”

Morvant said: “Overall, the amount of love she has received on social media has been overwhelming and she now has a whole army behind her cheering her on.”

There has been so much love and support on TikTok, with one video already receiving over 8,000 comments so far. One social media user wrote: “I don’t see a cleft palate, all I see is the most beautiful little girl.” »

Another person replied: “From someone born with a cleft palate, please don’t give up on them!” »

While another comment said: “It’s beautiful and sprinkled with lots of very special things.”

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