Dude is a five year old mixed mix breed dog who presented to us just a few weeks ago with trauma to his eye. He was out on an evening walk when he crossed paths with a rabbit. The rabbit smartly ran directly to a large brush pile. Dude took off in hot pursuit and, unfortunately, did not see the brush pile until it was too late. He emerged squinting his right eye with some bloody discharge.
Dude presented to AHS a short time later. It was difficult to get a reasonable assessment of the eye due to his squinting and the appreciable swelling, but we were unable to see the eyeball itself. We were able to determine what appeared to be some foreign material at the top of the globe. We started Dude on pain management and prepared him for sedation to better assess the eye, or what was left of it.
Once sedated, we were finally able to see the eye itself. The eyeball was pushed down in the socket severely by the foreign material above. This material proved to be the butt end of a stick. We grasped the stick and started pulling with more force than what was expected. The stick slowly started coming out and continued to come out until a 4-inch piece of branch approximately ¼ inch in diameter was removed. Once removed, the eyeball relocated back into its proper position. The stick had penetrated above the eyeball and moved along the skull into its position. The eyeball itself appeared remarkably normal. We did have to do some suturing of the eyelid that had been torn. Dude was started on oral antibiotics in addition to pain medication and eye drops.
Dude presented for a recheck 2 weeks later and appeared none the worse for wear. The swelling was gone and his eye appeared normal. His owners reported that he never missed a beat or complained. For these reasons Dude is AHS’s canine Pet of the Month.
Little Bit O’Connor
Little Bit is a well-behaved 2-year-old, kitty that presented to the Animal Hospital of Statesville with an ear problem. She had a chronic ear infection due to a polyp deep in her canal. Ear polyps in cats are usually inflammatory in nature and can be located in the external ear canal, middle ear, or nasopharynx. These generally occur in young cats. Nasopharyngeal polyps can cause upper respiratory signs such as sneezing, loud breathing, or nasal discharge. Polyps in the external ear canal or middle ear can cause secondary infections which lead to a foul odor of the ear, scratching at the ears, or a head tilt. A polyp in the external ear canal or nasopharynx can be visualized, and appears as a smooth, flesh colored, dome-shaped mass. Surgery or traction can be used to remove the polyps. On exam, we were able to see a polyp in her external ear canal and there was a lot of pus in her canal too, as a result of the infection. Little Bit was sedated and we used our video-otoscope, which allows us to look down in the ear canal and flush out the pus. Then we guided the “alligator forceps” into the canal and grabbed the polyp at the base and used traction to remove. Because these are inflammatory in nature and have a tendency to recur, we cauterized the base to help prevent it from coming back using our CO2 laser. Little Bit was treated for her ear infection and at her recheck, the infection was resolved. We will continue to monitor her ear for any recurrence but at the present time she is happy and feeling great! She was a trooper throughout the entire procedure. This is why she is our feline Pet of the Month.