| These muscular organs had attempted
to push the string along the gastrointestinal tract by strong
muscular contractions oblivious to the fact that the string
was anchored around the tongue. The effect was to "concertina"
the bowel causing intense bowel spasm at the same time as
starting to slice through the base of the tongue.
Major expensive surgery was required to retrieve the offending
string through multiple bowel incisions to avoid further,
possible irreversible damage. Since his current owners were
unable to afford his treatment my veterinary colleague Agnieszka,
who had been dealing with his case decided to adopt "Fred"
and foot the bill herself!
Fortunately, despite the potential complications "Fred",
like so many young patients, had a tremendous capacity for
recovery. And recover he did, back to his ridiculously happy
self! Now Agnieszka's cat Rudi is learning to live with
his new companion who seems to exist in a constant state
of excited delirium! A perfect example of why cats look
upon dogs with such disdain!
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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