News Article: The definiton of owner stress …

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You will doubtless and naturally worry about your pet having surgery … but just imagine the stress that the  poor owner of Sonny, a male cat, had to go through one recent Friday …

They were moving house from Hull to Birmingham that day, with the contents of home packed up in a 7 ton truck that friends and relatives were driving, planning to follow behind the owner’s car on the way south because they were neither very confident driving this big vehicle, nor were they sure where they are going …

The owner was getting married in a couple of weeks’ time …

Sonny got a repeat blocked bladder on the Friday morning and he was unable to pee; this had happened a couple of times before in the last couple of weeks and the advice of the local vet was to have a surgery called a perineal urethrostomy to sort this problem out … (see http://www.wm-referrals.com/case_studies_soft/perineal-urethrostomy/)

The owner wasn’t insured ….

OMG

It was early Friday afternoon when they rang us in something of a panic, having just rung a vet near to where they were moving. The owner had been given our number as a local referral centre who would be likely to help promptly and for a highly competitive fee.

The plan was get here soonest … to pull a few hundred yards off the A38 as they passed en route to Birmingham … drop off Sonny off with us … and we’d take care of him while they got on with the move, and he’d stay with us over the weekend while they got themselves straight (and calm!). A vet and a nurse stayed back late. We did some checks on his urine and his kidney function. Happy that his kidneys were still working well and there were no issues that fluid therapy couldn’t address, we operated on him that Friday evening.

All went well with the surgery, and Sonny was rapidly peeing again without problems. He stayed with us over the weekend and we discharged him a few days later, with medication and to be introduced to a urine acidifying diet from his new local GP vet. He spent a couple of weeks in a cage (to stop escapes) and with an Elizabethan collar (to protect the healing wound) before he was signed off to get to know his new home. We saw him a couple of times over the next couple of weeks, as the owner had some concerns. We make no charges for post-op checks so it was a no-brainer to get him checked over if the owner was in any doubt at all that there might be any problems. The wound looked fine and we decided to supplement his oral intake of water to keep him hydrated and to keep his urine nicely dilute and to keep him regularly urinating. The urine concentration was easily checked with a refractometer while the owner waited.

Now the owner could relax and get on with looking forwards to their wedding.

We wish them well!