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TINA had to have emergency surgery due to life threatening infection thought to be pregnancy. Please DONATE - no amount is too small! Sparkle Cat Rescue needs to raise $1200.00. This was an unexpected emergency expense.
TINA at Plaza Veterinary Hospital on Monday, March 27. She has the biggest purr engine!
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TINA resting on my lap during my visit with her at Plaza Vet on Tuesday, March 28 (when we thought she was in labor).
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TINA had to have an emergency ovariohysterectomy surgery on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Town N Country Animal Hospital in Burlington, NC. Between her surgery at Town N Country and her visits to Plaza Vet, her medical expenses are $1200.00. This expense puts a huge dent in our funds for cats in our program.
Tina was rescued on Saturday, March 25, 2017, and taken to our partner vet, Plaza Veterinary Hospital in Burlington, North Carolina. She was combo tested at intake and tested positive for FIV.
She was believed to be pregnant at intake after she was examined briefly by our vet. However, now we know that she was not pregnant and that instead she had pyometra, a life threatening condition.
Tina is such an incredibly loving and sweet cat. She expressed no signs of being in pain the entire week.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS:
Monday, March 27 Sparkle Cat Rescue founder, Stephanie and Kristi (volunteer/foster mama) visited Tina at Plaza Veterinary Hospital and spent several hours with her, believing that she was in labor - she presented all signs of being in labor. She had discharge and appeared to be having contractions, and was licking herself as if preparing for birth.
Plaza Vet closed at 8pm on Monday night and we had to leave her there that night, expecting to return in the morning to find her and her newborn babies.
Tuesday, March 28 When Stephanie arrived there at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28, there she was alone in her dorm - no babies. Stephanie spent the morning and early afternoon with her, along with fellow friend and foster mama Kristi. Plaza was closing early at 4pm that day so we transported Tina to foster mama Cheryl so she would not be alone until 7:30 a.m. the next day (still believing she may be in labor).
Wednesday, March 29 Still no babies - regular reports from Cheryl that Tina is eating and acting normal.
Friday, March 31 Due to concern over her having gone 4 days since what appeared to her being in labor, foster mama Cheryl asked if we could have Tina seen at the vet for x-rays or a sonogram. X-rays were recommended by vet. Tina had a series of x-rays taken at Plaza Veterinary Hospital. No fetuses were seen; however, there was what appeared to be fecal matter floating around. Tina had not had a bowel movement since Tuesday.
There was no surgeon on site at Plaza Vet so we contacted Phoenix Vet who had three emergency surgeries scheduled for the day, and then we contacted another partner vet, Town N Country Animal Hospital. They told us to bring Tina in immediately for emergency surgery.
Dr. Sharon King examined Tina and reviewed the x-rays that had been taken at Plaza Vet. Dr. King was concerned about Tina having an infected uterus and emergency surgery was performed around 2:00 p.m.
An update from Dr. King was provided at 3:28 p.m.
- Definitely pyometra. - There was no contamination from the fecal matter in the uterus. - One uterine horn was 50 times bigger than it should be. - All fecal hard material is out. - There were no tumors. - Nothing abnormal. - Small intestine normal. - Her infected uterus was removed.
Tina will remain at Town N Country Animal Hospital overnight where she will receive IV fluids with antibiotics. If she is alert and not depressed tomorrow she can be released to go to foster home.
Saturday, April 1 Tina did well overnight and is being released to go to her foster home today. She is on Baytril as an antibiotic, and Metacam for pain. She will have diarrhea for a day or two due to having an enema to break up the fecal matter. We will continue to keep everyone updated on our Facebook page.
x-ray shows fecal matter.
WHAT IS PYOMETRA?
"Pyometra is a serious and potentially life threatening infection of the uterus. It occurs in some unspayed females, usually during middle age. It is common for pyometra to develop a few weeks after a heat cycle. Hormonal changes during and soon after a heat cycle can make the uterus more vulnerable to infection. The entire uterus may fill with pus.
Spayed females DO NOT develop this form of the disease. Very rarely, a spayed female can develop an infection of the small amount of uterine tissue that can sometimes remain after a spay surgery (stump pyometra).
Signs and Treatment for Pyometra: Loss of appetite Excessive thirst Vomiting Vulvar discharge or swelling of the vulva Abdominal discomfort
The disease can develop slowly over an extended period before the illness becomes apparent. Diagnosis is based on symptoms, examination findings, blood or other tests and x-rays. Treatment usually requires extensive therapy and surgical removal of the uterus." (source: https://www.banfield.com/pet-healthcare/additional-resources/article-library/conditions-illnesses/pyometra-uterine-infection)
Tina tested positive for FIV on the in-house test at Plaza Vet at intake. We had her bloodwork sent out to a lab for more extensive testing that took several days to get results back, and that test confirmed she was positive for FIV.
"The primary mode of transmission for FIV is through bite wounds. Casual, non-aggressive contact does not appear to be an efficient route of spreading the virus. As a result, cats in households with stable social structures where housemates do not fight are at little risk of acquiring FIV infections. On rare occasions infection is transmitted from an infected mother cat to her kittens, usually during passage through the birth canal or when the newborn kittens ingest infected milk. Sexual contact is not a major means of spreading FIV." (source: Vet.Cornell.edu)
We will need a more permanent foster home (or ideally a loving forever home) for Tina after she recovers from her surgery. The foster she has to go to will only be a temporary foster where she has to recover in a crate/dorm. She deserves someone who will love and play with her and keep her spirits up.
Tina after being transferred to her foster home, Tuesday, March 28, 2017
TINA on her way to Town N Country Animal Hospital 3/31/17
Spayed females DO NOT develop this form of the disease. Please prevent this from happening to your cat. Low-Cost Spay/Neuter resources can be found on our website by clicking the button below OR contact your veterinarian for information on their rates.