21 Jul Patient of the Week – Etsame
Like many cats, sweet Etsame has a keen interest in playing with hair elastics. One day, these games led to ingesting one of these fun toys.
Etsame’s elastic band habit had become dangerous for her health. Etsame’s owner became worried when she was nauseated and stopped eating, so they came to us.
A hair elastic had caused a gastrointestinal obstruction, and had to be surgically removed.
Etsame has recovered well from her surgery and is back to eating food and stealing hearts.
Cats love to ingest objects they shouldn’t (thread, rubber bands, plants, toys). Many are harmless and pass without trouble, but they can cause an obstruction.
When foreign body obstruction occurs, surgical removal of the object is the only solution.
This should be done as soon as possible because obstructions can compromise blood flow to the intestines and cause tissue necrosis.
Signs of foreign body obstruction in cats can include vomiting, abdominal pain, decreased or no appetite, lethargy, behaviour changes, and either diarrhea or lack of defecation.
These symptoms could also indicate other medical emergencies, but regardless, they indicate a medical emergency and you should go to your regular veterinarian or an emergency clinic without delay!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to an industry-wide staff shortage caused by the pandemic, starting July 27, we will be temporarily closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until further notice.
If you have an emergency, please contact:
- Canada West Veterinary Specialists: 604-473-4882
- Burrard Animal Hospital & Emergency: 604-738-5683
- Vancouver Animal Emergency & Referral Centre: 604-879-3737
Thank you for your understanding.