Poor ten month old Spanish rescue Suzie came to us with persistent vomiting and was off her food- generally just not a happy puppy! It was decided during the consult that Suzie would come in the following day starved to have x-rays. The X-rays showed us that there was an oval, partially gas-filled mass in Suzie’s abdomen, and because of the unusual presentation of the mass it was decided that Suzie would undergo exploratory abdominal surgery. The mass and a foot long section of her small intestine was removed in surgery, and the mass was sent away for testing. Suzie has just recently come in to have her final sutures removed and we are happy to report that the results came back all clear. It was suspected that the mass was caused by a form of penetrating injury to the intestine, most likely associated with a previously ingested foreign body. The mass had become bigger and bigger until it had caused a complete bowel obstruction.
Cally originally presented to us with a history of vomiting, and when she didn’t respond to medical treatment we proceeded to x-ray her to find out what was going on.
X-rays revealed a large amount of abnormal material in her stomach which was causing a blockage, so that evening Cally had emergency surgery to remove the offending obstruction.
Inside her stomach we found a large amount of fur, bones and other material belonging to a rodent. Cally’s eyes were a little too big for her belly in this instance!
After a couple of days in hospital Cally was able to go home and finally had her stitches removed last week. We can only hope her hunting days are behind her!
Belle was rushed into us as an emergency when her owners had noticed bleeding from her mouth. On inspection we could see that Belle had suffered trauma to her lower canine and two adjacent incisors. It was not known how this injury occurred but the teeth were barely still attached. It was decided that it would be best to remove the teeth under general anaesthetic and stitch up the gums. Belle was sent home the same day with a painkiller and anti-inflammatory to help her with a speedy recovery.
Marley and Eddee both have the same condition: Idiopathic hypercalcaemia. This means they have too much calcium in their blood, the cause of which remains unknown (to science!). Idiopathic hypercalcaemia is the most common diagnosis of high blood calcium in cats; however other causes can be kidney disease, cancers and parathyroid disorders. Clinical signs can vary from increased thirst to lethargy and constipation. We are currently able to manage Eddee’s calcium levels with diet alone; however Marley needs to take medication to keep his levels within normal limits.