Vet Lucy Dobree knew she had to act quickly and before long had Casper anaesthetised and ready for x-ray. She was very surprised to find that Casper had inhaled what looked like a pebble.
Now cats are usually pretty clever about things like this and inhaling a pebble is quite a feat – not something you’d really expect to see. But that’s one of the challenges of being a Vet as there are always new things to surprise you!
A cats trachea (windpipe) is about 5mm (1/4″) diameter so not an easy place to try to fish things out of, Yet with great patience and precision Vets Lucy, Claire & Cliff along with nurse Jenny were able to ease the pebble out with the help of a 4 pronged grasper.
Casper was very lucky to have been found in time and especially fortunate that the pebble was able to be removed successfully.
Who knows how a cat was able to inhale a pebble in the first place but we trust it isn’t likely to happen again. Casper is now safely at home with his brother Bam-Bam curled up on the sofa well away from any more pebbles!!
We’re happy to announce that one of our vets Lucy is now a columnist for The Times!
We all enjoyed learning how the Medical Detection Dogs charity started and how they are helping to save lives every day
Massive thank you to Lucy for saving Keano when we bought him in with gastric dilation volvulus (bloat)