That's it!!!! Cleft lip! Thanks AF! His was cosmetic only and most people didn't even notice it.OMG those poor puppies, its beyond me how anyone can be so cold & cruel to hammer blow puppies, makes me angry & cry just thinking about it
What Riko had is "Cleft Lip"
Cleft Lip and Palate In Dogs
Did you know that dogs can be born with a cleft lip and palate? Most of us associate this devastating birth defect to humans, but it happens just as well in the animal world. A cleft lip or palate can occur when the bone and tissue in the roof of the mouth do not develop properly during pregnancy.
This condition is primarily a genetic defect and is hereditary, however it can also be caused by the mother taking certain drugs while pregnant, as an example, treating a pregnant dog with corticosteroids, excessive vitamin A, and exposure to insecticides during pregnancy is known to cause cleft lip in puppies. In addition, pregnant dogs suffering from malnutrition or infections have a higher risk of having puppies with this birth defect.
While dogs are not as self conscious of the cosmetic aspects of a cleft lip, the health risks can be significant. Puppies born with a cleft lip need to be watched closely. Nursing for a puppy with a cleft lip can be difficult, which may result in regurgitation, aspiration pneumonia, and malnutrition. Brachycephalic (nose pushed in) breeds such Bulldogs, Pugs, Pekinese, and Boston Terriers run the highest risk for cleft lip in dogs.
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