Today was very quiet. For some of the time I was observing consults. One of these was a couple of rabbits brought in for their vaccinations. Rabbits are vaccinated against myxomatosis and viral haemorrhage disease annually. However, one of the rabbits had a cyst underneath its eye. Because of its position, the vet was keen to avoid lancing the cyst in case of infecting the eye. Very often they form hard outer shells which will then come off easily and more cleanly. The vet wanted to try and reach this stage before the cyst was removed therefore, she prescribed antibiotics to try and tackle it from inside the body and suggested that the owner should clean it regularly and carefully to clear away any discharge whilst trying not to rupture it.
A Rhodesian Ridgeback was brought in with a cut ear. The owner had tried cleaning it but despite this care, the small cut was not healing as the ear was jostled too frequently to heal. Because of this problem of keeping it still, the vet suggested that a head bandage would be the most effective option. This involved flipping the injured ear so that it lay flat against the head and placing cream and swabs on the wound to promote healing. A bandage was then wound around the dog’s head, tightly binding both ears down. Finally, a cohesive bandage was used to secure it all firmly in place. Although it did not look attractive, it did the job and offered the best chance of the ear being held still for long enough for a scab to form. The owner was given a buster collar to take away and told to do as much as possible to keep the bandage in place for as long as possible, even if this was only overnight.
In the kennels today was a tiny kitten who had been brought in after being found by a resident. Its mother had been abandoned whilst pregnant and all of the kitten’s siblings had died. It was not eating and therefore had been diagnosed as anorexic. All it needed was lots of loving care to encourage it to eat again.
Also in the kennels was another cat which was not eating, however this time it was because it was diabetic. Its body was emaciated and it looked appalling with barely any fur and its skeleton showing clearly beneath its skin. Being barely able to walk it had not improved over the four day period it had been in and had refused to eat anything, even when fish paste was put on the end of its nose. The owners made the decision to have it put down.
Another cat in the kennels had a more positive outlook to his case. He had a blocked bladder. In male cats this can be fatal because of their narrow urethra which, when blocked, prevents the cat urinating. This leads to the build up of stagnant urine in the body which can lead to kidney failure. This cat was being relieved frequently to try and prevent this happening and he was starting to eat again, indicating that the blockage was clearing and the cat would be fine.