Meet Thor, the 6 month old Domestic Shorthair Cat.
Thor first came to us on 5th October as he had been vomiting frequently and was very lethargic. Our vet Monish examined Thor and suspected that he had eaten something as he felt something unusual whilst examining his abdomen, this is known as a foreign body.
Monish gave Thor a couple injections to help stop the vomiting and asked for Thor to be brought in the next morning to see if there was any improvement.
Unfortunately, there was no improvement and Monish decided to take some x-rays and perform an exploratory laparotomy, also known as an ex-lap. An exploratory laparotomy is a surgical procedure where the abdomen is opened so the internal organs can be examined for disease or injury. The x-rays taken beforehand did not show any foreign body inside Thor’s abdomen, but Monish proceeded with the surgery as the object may have been opaque, meaning it would not show up on an x-ray. During surgery, Monish could not find anything, but he knew something wasn’t quite right as his lymph nodes were very swollen.
Once confirmed there was no foreign body, Monish diagnosed it as peritonitis, which is inflammation of the abdominal wall due to a bacterial infection. Monish recommended for Thor to be hospitalised with us for the next couple of days and to be placed on a fluid line and given antibiotics intravenously.
Thor made a great recovery and was discharged the next day. He has returned several times for a check-up and is making a full recovery.