Interesting Cases

Our expert vets see some interesting cases here at Bredy Vets and we wanted to share some with you.

Muffin the Cat

Muffin the cat was involved in a road traffic accident. Muffin is a year old black and white cat who used up nearly all of his nine lives in one go in May!

A stray living in the Allington area of Bridport he was rushed into our surgery one saturday night after being seen to be run over by a taxi. The driver did not stop but fortunately some animal loving bystanders brought him in to us for emergency treatment. He was initially given pain relief as we waited to see if he would pull through the shock. To our amazement he strengthened day by day and stabilised over the weekend.

X- rays showed the extent of his injuries, a badly fractured pelvis and worse still a diaphragmatic hernia. This meant a large proportion of his abdominal contents (guts and liver) were now sitting within his chest and so squashing his lungs. Again we could not quite believe he was still with us and seeming to be better day by day! Although the pelvic injury was likely to heal by itself given time and strict rest we would have to correct the hernia if he was to return to a normal life.

We still considered him too weak to undergo the massive surgery he would need to correct this condition and so while he built his strength we tried to find his owner. Despite appeals in the Bridport News no one came forward, though we had several enquires from other people wishing to offer him a home in the future.

Just over a week after his terrible accident Muffin went to surgery to correct his internal hernia, nearly all his liver and part of his stomach and small intestine was lying in his chest. We replaced these in his abdomen and repaired the huge tear in his diaphragm, all the time with our fingers crossed he would pull through. This sort of surgery can be a huge shock to the circulation and many animals do not survive the operation. Muffin however must have had just one life still remaining and pulled through remarkably well. He was even starting to walk on his fractured pelvis!

We found him a lovely new home to go to and now a few months down the line all his hair has grown back and, apart from a slight limp from his pelvic injury, you would never know all he had been through.

Muffin also owes a big thankyou to the lady who rescued him that fateful day and the local branch of the RSPCA who both made generous donations to help towards to cost of his treatments.

Tara Simmons

In Sep 2018 Tara presented to us a little off colour, and was unfortunately found to have a large mass in her tummy. An ultrasound scan revealed the mass to be a tumour within her small intestine. At only 5 years of age Tara’s owner was keen pursue a treatment and Tara had her surgery in early October to remove the mass, sadly during the procedure we could also see signs of abnormal areas on her kidney and internal lymph nodes as well. Analysis of the mass confirmed our suspicions that she had a type of cancer called LYMPHOMA, a cancer of the white blood cells within her body. Tara initially recovered well from her surgery but she started to deteriorate within a week or so and we explored the other options open to her and her owner. Lymphoma is a form of cancer than can respond very well to chemotherapy, which can lead to an extension of the quantity and quality of the animals lives. Taras tumor was one of the more aggressive types of lymphoma, statistically speaking she would be expected to live 4-6 months with chemotherapy, or a couple of weeks without.

So after much deliberation we embarked on Tara’s chemotherapy in mid October.

Tara was very sensitive to the medications administered (standard lymphoma protocol )and although she was starting to feel better in herself her circulating white blood cells were very low. We tried reducing the dose but she remained below the acceptable level and it was leaving her susceptible to infection.

A rethink was required! We enlisted the help of a remote oncology service called Chemopet. For a fee, the specialist oncologists will review your case, advise on and supply the necessary medications. Its like having your very own consultant on speed dial!

Following their recommendations we started Tara on an alternative chemo medication and her white blood cells stabilised. After 5 treatments –each separated by 3 weeks – she was in remission with no visible signs of cancer in her body and feeling like a brand new cat!

We hoped this would last a few months but I am thrilled to say that at approaching 2 years since her last chemo treatment she is still in remission and living a normal life without any medications at home with her family.

Obviously not all chemo therapy patients do as well as Tara, but we do encourage all owners who have pets suffering from a cancer that could be responsive to medical treatment to consider these options. All chemotherapy in pets is really aimed at improving their lives whilst under treatment, and can result in major extensions in the time they have remaining as well as improving the quality of life they experience. Some cancers we treat within the practice, some are treated by referral oncologists at their hospitals and some we can treat here with advice and supervision from the oncologists at Chemopet.

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