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Dog With Hole in Mouth May Lead to Medical Breakthrough

Posted September 14, 2007
Updated September 17, 2007

— Doctors at NC State's Veterinary Hospital are exploring brand new high tech surgery to help a little dog.

A team of Vets is focused on the case because, they say, it could open new doors in animal and perhaps even in human medicine.

Pez is a beagle with a big, toothy grin and plenty of energy. He also is a pup with a problem.

“He loves to play and he loves to swim – and run around!” said Sound Pet Animal Rescue staff member Peyton Gaudiosi as Pez jumped from her lap.

Gaudiosi brought the stray home from a shelter.

You can't tell at first glance, but Pez’s problem is a large hole in the roof of his mouth. Food often gets caught or ends up in his nose.

“There is a lot of snorting and sneezing” when that happens, Gaudiosi said.

First, Dr. Kevin Monce took a look, then he called research veterinarians in Raleigh.

“This is the kind of case that, you don't see something like this very often,” Monce said.

Dr. Guillaume Chanoit is at the N.C. State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

“I would say it’s pretty rare to have such a big hole,” Chanoit said.

Chanoit and a team of vets are working on a high-tech solution. They're using three-dimensional computer models to design a custom plate for Pez.

It’s brand new technology. You might call Pez a guinea pig.

Before, this kind of reconstruction would take multiple surgeries. This will, they hope, be a one-step operation.

“We think that (a) it’s going to be a tremendous change for Pez, and (b) we think that there are a lot of patients that will benefit from that surgery later on,” Chanoit said.

The dog’s case, doctor’s said, could help more animals and even humans with similar injuries.

Vets will run trial surgery on a model with help from the N.C. State School of Engineering. Then, they hope to be ready to operate on Pez within two months. It could cost around $4,000.

And finally, after all that, the rescue group hopes that when it’s all done, Pez can also find a good home.


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  • St Ives Sep 15, 2007

    Hope all goes well and he can have a good life.

  • mypuckytaz Sep 15, 2007

    Pez is NOT a thing - he is a cute, loving 4 legged doggie companion. I hope Timbo does not have any pets. Let's put a picture of you on the web and see what corrections you need. This little guy is a creation of God, not perfect, but none of us are. He deserves every chance he can get, I hope the new procedure works and I would gladly donate to help Pez. I love animals, I have 5 dogs, 2 cats, 2 turtles and several tropical fish. God bless the vets as they are taking care of Pez. From the Bible "If His Eye Is On The Sparrow ..." The sparrow is the smallest of birds, and if God watches over the sparrow, you know He cares for Pez. Timbo, get a life, and stop ridiculing and making fun of things. Take a look in the mirror, I am sure you aren't perfect either. Dogs give people unconditional love, they care not what we look like - they love us ALL of the time!

  • enoughsaid Sep 15, 2007

    Ia that a dog, or a gremlin!! Cute little guy......

  • mom2threecld Sep 15, 2007

    i think timbo is just jealous

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  • k9sandQtrs Sep 14, 2007

    If someone did want to donate, NCSU has a 'good sam' fund for strays, etc.

  • dcg Sep 14, 2007

    I really hope they can help him. He's cute as pie to me and i would love to be considered for his adoptive home once he's on the road to recovery. We all need someone to care about us like that. God would want us to o the end of the earth to help each other and that's the same with his animals as we are all here for a purpose and I am sure that Pez is here for one also.

  • 1Moms_View Sep 14, 2007

    The vets at NCSU vet school are the best! Good luck to Pez and I hope he finds a wonderful forever home.

  • Desiderata Sep 14, 2007

    P.S. timbo..maybe YOU are a "thing', but Pez is a work of art by GOD!

  • Desiderata Sep 14, 2007

    wonder if it is a cleft palate and can be corrected as we do with people. Timbo,,,*&***...I would gladly donate if they tell me where to send the money...and would be honored to be cosidered a potential new home when he is ready....beauty is on the inside you know!