Comments on the dilemma in the June issue: Cleft palate in boxer puppies

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In the dilemma discussed in the June issue of In Practice, David Williams described a scenario where you are performing a caesarean section on a boxer and four of the six puppies have significant cleft lip and palate. Two of the puppies are regurgitating milk and struggling to breathe. You telephone the owner, a well-known breeder, advising her that the kindest thing for these puppies would be euthanasia. She tells you that successful corrective surgery is documented in the USA and says that, as they are legally hers, the bitch and puppies should be cared for until she arrives to take them home. If you cannot perform the corrective surgery, she will find a referral clinic that will (IP, June 2018, vol 40, pp 214-215). What do you do?

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