French Bulldog Needs Life-Saving Surgery For Severe Cleft Palate | United Kingdom | New

Two-year-old Ernest’s condition also means he has to snuggle up to people to smell them and struggles to eat and drink. Owner Lyndsey Roach has launched a fundraising campaign to pay for the £1,000 treatment her ‘cheeky little boy’ urgently needs.

The cleft palate is a birth defect, which means he has already stopped breathing at night several times.

Lyndsey said: “I’m afraid that if he gets too excited his airways will close completely. Every day we do our best to keep him calm, which for a boy like Ernest is not not easy.”

The mother-of-two from Sandycroft, Flintshire, said Ernest was “like a two-year-old boy” and “a real character”.

She said: “Part of his charm comes from the fact that he doesn’t smell very well due to his deformity, which means he gets close to people and objects – rubbing them to try and smell them. He always meddles in things.”

A cleft palate is more common in breeds with short snouts, such as bulldogs and boxers, although Ernest’s is particularly serious.

Lyndsey bought him when he was eight months old from a previous owner who didn’t expect him to need so much care and attention.

She said: “She thought it would be like looking after a cat – but it hasn’t been that easy.”

Although Ernest’s condition was not a major hindrance for much of his life, it now causes life-threatening sleep apnea.

Launching her campaign, Lyndsey wrote, “My name is Ernest or, as my mother calls me, Potato. As you can see, my little palate didn’t form properly when I was a puppy. I was the smallest of my siblings, and I had a hard time keeping up with them.

“I need surgery on my nose and palate. This will help me breathe properly so I can zoom around the garden and get a good night’s sleep.”

According to Animal Trust, several factors can increase the risk of cleft lip in puppies, including genetic factors, exposure to certain toxins, and poor diet during fetal development.

You can help Ernest by donating to Lyndsey’s GoFundMe page here.

Christine E. Phillips