At Michigan State University, one lucky dog has benefited from surgery to fix a cleft palate. But that’s not the best news – not only has the procedure worked out well for the dog in question, but this canine might be able to help doctors out in return by providing some insight into the potential for success in human surgery!

You may wonder- why is this dog’s surgery relevant to any human applications? Well, a benefit of working with animals in the laboratory- or in a clinical setting- is that most animals age much more quickly than humans. An associate professor in the college of human medicine at MSU explains it well in this video clip.

“So if you can imagine that accelerated growth, we can look at the changes in dogs who’ve had human-based palate surgery and see how they grow and expand. That’s a project that in our hospital takes 20 years, but at the veterinarian school could be evaluated within four or five years.”

It’s wonderful that this dog was able to benefit from a surgery that was initially developed at a children’s hospital for the benefit of- you guessed it- children. And now, children may be able to benefit from this lucky dog, as doctors will hopefully be able to learn more about the future of this particular surgery. Great news for everyone!

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