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For the hospital that thinks
'Outside the Square'
Telescopes and stuff
It was such a late summer this
year that we are still seeing lots
of cute kittens and new puppies
along with the occasional
One important tip when you are
an expectant parent leave them
to it as much as possible. Patting
and consoling them may seem
like the right thing to do, but it
generally interrupts things and
leads to problems. Close the
door and check on them every half hour at most.
Lilly came into the world
eight weeks ago and is a
very soft british blue feline
with awesome eyes. But
she was obviously in trouble
when I peered inside her
wicker carry basket.
If they could talk, I would
think she was trying to say
that she had a very sore
tummy. Along with this,
her mum, Lindsey, explained that Lilly had vomited possibly
four times in the morning and had been getting progressively
Lilly's body temperature was below normal, even though she
was wrapped up in blankets, so it was on to a heat pad and a
foil survival blanket. We have special tiny IV catheters for these
guys and Lilly was brave while we established an IV access
and started her on IV fluids and medicines.
With no history of diarrhoea, it changes the list of probable
causes and some of these were further eliminated by a near
normal blood test result. An X-ray was the most valuable clue.
Lilly had large amounts of gas accumulated in one area of her
bowel and a concertina-like appearance of another section.
After the X-rays, we decided to check out what we suspected.
With a tiny dose of anaesthetic, Lilly was sound asleep and I
was looking at the cause of the problem. Lilly's small bowel
had decided to telescope into itself like a rolled sock and was
therefore blocked with gas building up behind it. This is called
wait for it an intussusception (where do these words come
Luckily we were able to gently pull the section of bowel out and
the bowel quickly returned to a normal colour. If left too long,
blocked sections of bowel will start to die off and turn black,
which then need to be removed and the new healthy ends of
the tubes sewn back together again.
But as we handled the bowel I could feel something longitudinal
With a small incision over the offending
item the real cause was obvious -- string!
And very smelly string at that.
What happens is the string gets stuck to
the lining of the bowel at different places.
Then the bowel sequentially contracts
to move things along but it ends up
contracting upon itself as it is stuck along
the length of the string. So it telescopes up and the inside
opening gets smaller and smaller and eventually the inside
becomes completely blocked.
This can happen without an
apparent underlying cause in
young cats and dogs like Lilly,
and in young infant humans as
well. In children, sometimes
the telescoped section can be
"blown out" with the use of an
endoscope and some air.
You'll never look at sausages
the same way again!
With the string removed
and Lilly stitched up again, she was resting with a tired look
on that little face. It was such a relief to see her awake and
Intussusceptions aren't very common and can be difficult to
diagnose as they don't often show up on X-rays. Lilly was
So even though vomiting
can be a simple case of
a "bug", there are lots of
other possibilities, some
of which can be nasty and
any illness in young ones
can be very serious.
So a new word for Scrabble
and a happy kitten.
One last plea: Please
make sure that your dog can't get to the rat bait. This is the
time of year when it seems to get used and we get at least one
phone call a week from owners whose dog has possibly eaten
some. Give us a call straight away.
We need to make them vomit within
Wrap up warm and drive carefully
from the crazy crew at Andersons.
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