Pet of the Month – July

by on June 29th, 2012

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BruceWhen Bruce’s usually good appetite stopped abruptly he was brought into the surgery. We found his mouth and oral cavity to be very inflamed in a manner suggestive of chemical burns.

The most common cause of this is motor oil or fuel. When cats hide under cars their coats can easily become soiled, and in attempting to clean their coats through licking and grooming, these caustic compounds can severely damage the mucous membranes of the mouth and gullet, as they are ingested.

It was obvious that Bruce found swallowing far too painful to contemplate. He was given antibiotics, strong painkillers and a stomach tube was temporarily stitched in place up so that we could meet his nutritional requirements without him having to swallow. This allowed his gullet to recover and within a fortnight he was back to his usual cheeky self.

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