Canine Pet of the Month for January, 2019
Moxie was a young mixed-breed dog when she was presented to us as an emergency this winter. She was rescued by an Animal Control officer who found her behind an outbuilding tied with a very short leash with no food or water. On presentation, her lack of muscle mass was striking as all her bones were readily identifiable. Her temperature was less than 90 degrees (that is as low as our thermometers will read!), was severely dehydrated and could not lift her head. Her blood sugar was 25 (normal 95-145) and she was severely anemic with a critically low protein. We placed an IV catheter and gave her a bolus of dextrose to get her sugar up and started forced warm-air heating. Shortly thereafter, she was able to lift her head and began eating. Hookworms were found on her stool sample. Hookworms suck blood and cause anemia and low protein. By that evening she was feeling well enough to start her on a deworming protocol. She was given IV fluids overnight and kept in the hospital.
The next day she was still very weak, and she began passing very bloody stool. While she would eat, she could not even hold herself on her chest and could only lay prone. We rechecked her anemia and it proved to have continued to drop. Though we were killing the hookworms, she was in such a weakened condition that she was unable to clot the sites of the dying hookworms and was bleeding into her intestine. We gave her a whole blood transfusion to help her clotting and increase her red cells.
By the following day her color was better, and a very loving personality began to show. While we still had to carry her outside, her tail wagged and she would readily give kisses. He appetite continued to be good but her stool continued to be loose. We started her on antibiotics to help with the intestinal bacteria and added probiotics.
Feline Pet of the Month for January, 2019
Douglina is a young female outdoor cat that often lives in the owner’s barn. She presented to the Animal Hospital with a fleshy tubular organ emerging from her back end. On examination Douglina was bright and alert. It was determined that the organ was a uterine horn emerging from her vulva. A partial uterine prolapse was diagnosed and this made sense since Douglina was not spayed. Usually this is a result of excessive straining after having kittens for which there was no evidence in Douglina’s case. Uterine prolapses are rare in cats but typically, replacement manually and spay are the treatments of choice, as they tend to recur. Douglina’s owner subsequently consented to sedation, manual reduction and spay. The prolapsed horn was easily replaced. Upon the ovariohysterectomy it was found that Douglina had only one uterine horn. This likely made the uterus one tube instead of the bifurcation and two uterine horns in a normal cat. Douglina may have started straining due to some unknown cause and prolapsed the only uterine horn. Both ovaries were subsequently removed and the spay performed. Douglina recovered uneventfully and went home. She is a very unusual case and that is why she is AHS’s feline Pet of the Month.