ASPS Member Uses Surgical Skills to Help Dogs With Clefts

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Thursday, September 10, 2015

When Dr. Bryden Stanley, a veterinarian, saw Mr. Moo, a 9-month-old dog with a cleft palate, for the first time, she wasn't sure how she was going to treat him. The head of surgery for small animals at the Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Stanley specializes in soft tissue surgery for animals, but there was something unique about this mixed-breed puppy: he had absolutely no soft palate. She consulted with Dr. John Girotto, a pediatric plastic surgeon at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who specializes in treating cleft palates in children, and a new partnership between human and veterinary medicine was born. Together they decided to utilize new techniques recently developed at the children's hospital for repairing and lengthening soft palates to treat Mr. Moo. Read more at