Shadwell – December 2017
This is Barclay, a 17-year-old cat, who is the Shadwell surgery Pet of the Month for December 2017. Barclay has been a regular visitor at Yorkshire Vets over the last year. Back in January, he came to see us after his owner noticed that he had been losing weight and didn’t seem himself. On examination, we suspected that there was a possibility that Barclay had developed hyperthyroidism. This is a condition in which the thyroid gland produces too much thyroxine hormone. To confirm this diagnosis, we took a blood sample and sent it to the lab.
Barclay’s blood results came back confirming our initial diagnosis. In order to treat his condition, we started Barclay on medication to reduce his thyroxine levels. Within the next couple of weeks, the medication had already started to have an effect. As a result, he had started to put weight back on and his owner reported that he seemed much better in himself. For the next three months, Barclay remained stable on his medication. Then, on Easter weekend, Barclay came over to our Thornbury hospital after refusing to eat for 48 hours. He appeared dehydrated, so we admitted him for fluids. Further monitoring and blood testing revealed that Barclay was suffering from pancreatitis. Once we were able to stabilise his condition with pain relief and fluid therapy, he was able to return home.
Over the following months, Barclay remained stable, with no recurrence of his pancreatitis. His hyperthyroidism was also well controlled. It is important when dealing with ongoing conditions, such as hyperthyroidism, that we regularly assess medication levels with blood tests. At one of Barclay’s more recent tests, the results came back showing abnormal levels in his blood. In order to investigate further, he would need to go back to Thornbury for an ultrasound scan.
Barclay’s scan showed that he was suffering from restrictive cardiomyopathy. This is a type of heart disease in which the walls of the heart become rigid, so are unable to stretch properly. Following this diagnosis, we started Barclay on some medication to help his heart to function properly. In the following months, Barclay has responded well to treatment. He is now stable, and doing well at home. He is not quite as active as he once was, but that’s not really surprising given his age!
Because of his ongoing treatment and regular visits to the surgery, we think Barclay is a very deserving recipient of our Pet of the Month award. Well done Barclay!