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Cheiloplasty

Does your dog slobber?

Basset Hound in Garden
Basset Hound in Garden

Does your dog leave a 360o splatter of saliva every time he shakes his head? Too much drool is more than just a nuisance for the owner. It is unhygienic and leads to chronic mouth and skin infections. Breeds like Bassets, Mastiffs, Saint Bernards and Newfoundlands can be helped by a surgery called cheiloplasty, which involves stitching a portion of the the lower lips to the inside of the cheek to create a pocket or “dam.” The pocket traps the saliva before it gets all over the dog’s muzzle. In doing so, it encourages the dog to swallow the saliva instead of letting it fly. Think of it as cosmetic surgery for your pet and your surroundings!