• Pericardectomy, idiopathic, right side

We removed a large part of the pericardium through an open chest surgery (thoracotomy), to take the tamponade (“squeeze”) off the heart.

Eric recovered very well from the surgery, but remained under our care for a few days while the chest drain was used to clear decreasing volumes of fluid from the chest, and while the ascites gradually reduced. Eric’s weight dropped from 18kg to around 16kg as the substantial volumes of fluid ebbed away, despite the fact that he was eating like a horse!

Text from owners:

“Eric is much happier. Thanks again for everything. We just can’t thank you enough!”

4th September 2016