Armley – February 2018
Meet Meowza, the Armley surgery Pet of the Month for February 2018.
Meowza came to visit us after her owner had noticed a lump on her back end. She had also become lethargic and uninterested in food. We were immediately able to recognise that Meowza had developed an abscess. Due to its position, however, it was impossible to tell if this was related to a possible cat bite, or to her anal glands. In order to treat the abscess, we admitted Meowza that morning. This would allow us to anaesthetise her and flush and clean the abscess.
Once we had anaesthetised Meowza, we were able to clip her hair back and take a closer look at the abscess. This closer examination revealed a patch of necrotic (dead) tissue, which we would need to remove. Fortunately, we were able to establish that the abscess had not compromised the rectum or vagina, which would have made for a far more complicated recovery. Once this full examination was complete, we were able to fully flush and clean the abscess. We also cut away all of the dead tissue. Once this ‘dirty’ part of the operation was complete, we moved Meowza to a sterile area in order to close the wound. Due to the amount of removed tissue, this was a little tricky, but manageable. We also placed a drain in the wound.
Once Meowza had fully recovered from her anaesthetic, we were able to send her home. She would need to stay indoors until she had healed and a buster collar was required to stop her licking at the wound. We also prescribed some antibiotics to stop any infection in the wound.
A few days later, Meowza was back. She was healing really well and we were able to remove her drain. Another couple of weeks passed before she came back in for a final visit. This time, the wound had almost completely healed and we were able to remove her stitches. After being so well behaved, despite having such a large and painful abscess, we think Meowza is a worthy winner of our Pet of the Month award this month. Well done Meowza!