Most often this section of our newsletter is dedicated to our wonderful patients. Unfortunately, however, sometimes our own pets get sick as well. This was the case for our wonderful Nurse Sharyn and her beloved cat, Kitty a couple of months ago.
One night in early June, Sharyn noticed a large lump on Kitty's right rear leg, which hadn’t been there previously. She thought it was best to bring him in and get it checked out the following morning. A FNA or fine needle aspiration was taken from the lump and examined under the microscope. No conclusive answer could be found so the vet felt that it was best to send the cytology away for further investigation.
A few days later the pathology was returned and unfortunately it wasn't the best news. Kitty was diagnosed with what was most likely a soft tissue sarcoma (tumour). Radiographs were taken and it was evident that it would not be possible to remove the tumor from the bone. After much deliberation and examination with our wonderful team of veterinarians, Sharyn opted to have the leg amputated. Due to the nature and location of the lump this was the best option for Kitty to make a full recovery.
The procedure, booked in early the following week, was performed by Dr. Lan Tran and assisted by Sharyn herself. Kitty was first placed on intravenous fluids. He was then induced and a breathing tube was placed to allow for the flow of anesthetic gas and oxygen.
Sharyn monitored him very closely while Dr. Lan performed the procedure. This included checking his heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and how deep or light he was under anaesthesia. Dr. Lan then proceeded to remove Kitty’s leg. Once it was removed it was placed in a vessel to be sent off to the pathology lab. It was best to test the actual lump in order to know if further intervention would be necessary. Kitty’s wound was then closed and he was woken up. He stayed in overnight to remain on fluids and was able to go home with Sharyn the following day.
Once the pathology was investigated it was shown that Kitty was suffering from a chondrosarcoma. It is defined as a type of cancer affecting the cartilage of the body. The pathologist said that this ‘spectacular’ tumour is quite rare in cats. Luckily the choice of amputation was the best form of treatment for Kitty’s cancer.
We are thrilled to report that Kitty is now back at home with his family and doing great. Sharyn says that within a day Kitty was able to manoeuvre himself up and down the stairs. She said that he has barely even noticed he is one limb down.