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Writer Fuel: Dog Spontaneously Regrows a Jawbone After Surgery

3D scan of Tyson show his jaw eight weeks after surgery with the mandible regrown. (Image credit: Cornell's Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service)
3D scan of Tyson show his jaw eight weeks after surgery with the mandible regrown. (Image credit: Cornell’s Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service)

A puppy has spontaneously regrown his jawbone after part of it was surgically removed because of a cancerous tumor. It is believed to be the first reported case of a dog regenerating its mandible.

Veterinarians at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service first diagnosed Tyson, a 3-month-old French bulldog, with cancer when he was scheduled for surgery on a cleft palate in spring 2023. The tumor was an oral papillary squamous cell carcinoma, a rare type of malignant skin cancer in dogs.

The cancer had not spread to the rest of Tyson’s body, so the vets decided to remove the left side of his jaw, which was the affected area.

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