Orofacial Clefts


I am writing to request your assistance for a research study to investigate the incidence of orofacial clefts (cleft lip, cleft palate, or both) at birth in various breeds of dogs. This study is being performed by professor Santiago Peralta, DVM, DAVDC, and other colleagues in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The aims of this study are to determine how common clefts are across the 100 most popular dog breeds, and estimate the economic impact. We are interested to see in which breeds the problem is more common, and if there are any associations with certain variables (i.e., skull type, size, geographical location, etc.). We are studying clefts from a clinical, surgical, genetic, and now epidemiological perspective, hoping that someday we can come up with practical recommendations for breeders on how to minimize the incidence.

We would like to anonymously survey breeders to determine how many live births of dogs with cleft lip or palate occurred in their breeding programs over a 12-month period. We are asking breed parent clubs and associated foundations for help distributing the survey and encouraging breeders to participate.

Here is a link to the survey:

Dr. Peralta can be contacted via email at: sp888@cornell.edu
My collaborators and I all look forward to working with you.

Best regards,
Nicholas Roman, MA
DVM Candidate
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
(630) 843-1438

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