For an animal in need of urgent medical care, the journey to a safe haven can be a scary one. For Linguini, an adorable young Chihuahua mix, this was his journey at just eight weeks old when he was rescued and brought back to the safety of our no-kill campus.
Linguini was born with a cleft palate and a cleft lip. A cleft palate means there’s a hole in the roof of his mouth that connects the oral cavity to the nasal cavity. The problem with this condition is that it results in food, water, and anything else that goes into his mouth going up his nose, which can result in infections, aspirations, and potentially life-threatening conditions like respiratory disease or pneumonia. Today, Linguini’s counting on you to help him have a chance for a happy, healthy life.
Now in the care of the team at our Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center, Linguini will soon undergo multiple delicate surgeries to repair his lip and palate. According to Animal League America Senior Vice President and Chief of Veterinary Staff, Dr. Mark Verdino, multiple surgeries will certainly take a toll on Linguini’s tiny body.