Bone cancer in the forelimb of a very sweet 18 year old barn cat who presented for being non-weight bearing lame :(
Given the cat’s age, the owners elected against referral to a veterinary oncologist. For now they’re going to do palliative care — pain meds and steroids — and once her quality of life diminishes, they’ll euthanize her.
ETA: She went downhill even more rapidly than expected, and we euthanized her just a few days later :(
A compromise has been reached. Win-win.
Duo says “Stop reading about parasites and pay attention to meeeeeeeee!!!”
A curious American Robin foraging in my yard ^_^
"The actual origin of the Beagle seems to be obscure with no reliable documentation on the earliest days of development. There are accounts of packs of hounds in England before the times of the Romans, and these dogs are thought to be the basis of both sight and scent hounds. By the 18th century, fox hunting became quite popular, and the Foxhound was developed by crossing a buck hound and a Beagle. Two distinct types came through this mixture, one of which was named the Southern Hound and the other the North Country Beagle.
Previous to 1870 in the United States, the little hunting hounds of the southern states, then called Beagles, were more of the type of straight-legged Bassets or Dachshunds with weaker heads than the Bassets. These dogs were snappy, tireless hunters full of energy and quickness but lacking in type. The turning point for American Beagles came in the 1860’s, when dogs from a well-bred strain in England were imported to inject beautiful breed type. Then in 1888, the National Beagle Club was formed and held its first trial. From that time on field trials carrying championship points sprang up rapidly all over the United States, and classes developed for hounds under 13 inches and 13-15 inches.
Beagles are still used today for hunting in packs on larger hare, but are equally prized for their companionship, courage and stamina. Their compact size, short easy to care for coat and intelligence make the Beagle an excellent family dog.”
Pictured above is my late Precious. She was originally a lemon and white, but as she got older she turned almost completely white :’)
A young kitten came in with the complaint of severe diarrhea and a possible rectal prolapse.
On exam the kitten was weak and emaciated (1lb with a BCS of 1/9), extremely dehydrated, and anemic based on the white color of her gums. The hair around the anus was matted with stool, and though the anus was raw and lacked good tone, nothing had prolapsed yet (thank goodness!) She had ear mites (top image), fleas, and bilateral conjunctivitis.
The vet ordered an FIV/FeLV test, which was negative, and a fecal exam. The fecal sample we got was far smaller than what is usually considered adequate for a float (less than 1/4 gram, if that), but we figured what the heck. Worth a shot anyway, given the likelihood of intestinal parasites in a young neglected kitten. Even with the tiny sample size it was clear that she had a severe roundworm infection (bottom image). This is 400x magnification and every field looked like this!
So this kitty was in need of several treatments, plus a lot of good old-fashioned TLC and groceries. For the dehydration, we administered a small amount of SQ fluids and instructed the owner to make sure to offer her wet food with water mixed in. We didn’t want to rehydrate too quickly due to the anemia. We administered an oral dewormer for the roundworms, and after cleaning the ears, applied drops to kill the earmites. Both of those treatments will need to be repeated in 2 weeks. Unfortunately she’s still too young/small for any of the flea treatments we carry, so it’s environmental treatment + dawn baths and several times daily flea combing until she’s big enough for real flea control. We also sent home medicated drops for her eyes and a TAB ointment containing a mild steroid to reduce the anal inflammation.
We spent a long time educating the owner about proper kitten/cat care, particularly stressing the importance of parasite control, and the owner seemed genuinely concerned for the kitty and eager to start doing right by her. Here’s hoping everything goes well from here on out!
ETA: The kitty came in for her 2 week recheck, and she looked so good I didn’t even recognize her! Her BCS is now 5/9, her many issues have resolved, and her coat looked gorgeous. We repeated the treatments and got her started on a topical flea preventative as planned, but also gave her vaccinations since she’s healthy enough now. Love, love LOVE when cases turn out like this!