"Rupert" - Snoring
I know I must be getting old when I am the only member of staff at Fairfield to have previously seen a rare condition affecting cats!
When Rupert, a 4 month old kitten, first presented to my colleagues he appeared to be suffering from an upper respiratory tract infection possibly as a result of cat flu. He had a slight nasal discharge and a very audible respiratory noise.
My veterinary colleague "Aga" diagnosed sinusitis, prescribed antibiotics and scheduled him for a re-examination prior to being scheduled for his castration procedure.
Two weeks later and whilst "Rupert" was extremely bright and lively the noisy breathing was still very audible. Concerned that his respiratory problems might be exacerbated with an anaesthetic and his castration it was agreed at a case conference that delaying his operation to allow further recuperation was the right option.
Two weeks later and his upper respiratory noise was slightly worse; even I could hear it, further discussion took place with the Fairfield team and involving his owner.
It was decided to anaesthetise Rupert to better evaluate where his loud snoring was emanating. Once unconscious we were then able to better visualise the area at the back of his throat. With his soft palate pulled out of the way with a blunt hook we were able to see the problem. A large pink polyp was growing out of his middle ear and had become lodged at the back of his nose, a nasopharyngeal polyp.
How he had ever managed to breathe past this structure was remarkable. With "Nora" and "Geraldine", my veterinary colleagues, holding various surgical instruments to grant me surgical access I was able to excise the culprit and clear his nasopharynx.
A thoroughly satisfying procedure especially when the loud snoring was immediately gone!
My wife has made enquiries as to whether they manufacture blunt hooks big enough for my own snoring problems!