|Purred: Fri Dec 21, '12 5:46am PST |
|We rescued a 10 yr. old male cat named Huey 6 years ago. Huey had inflammatory ear polyps and our vet recommended the ventral bulla osteotomy as soon as the polyps started causing problems. We decided, due to the impending deafness and possible loss of his ears, that we took him to an ear allergy specialist who treated him for the next 6 years with anti-inflammatory antibiotics and we cleaned his ears, sometimes daily, sometimes every other day, sometimes weekly and administered those medicines. After 6 years, the polyps got slowly worse and worse until the only alternative was the surgery.
Our caution... do not perform this surgery on a cat older than 10 yrs., only do one ear at a time. Huey had zero coordination and couldn't eat or drink. We had to force feed him and give him hydrating IV's. After a week of this, we had a feeding tube installed which tore his esophagus and we had to put him down after 2 weeks and $6,000 of expenses. Huey was the most wonderful cat ever and we are so devastated at losing him after putting him through this horrendous invasive surgery and two weeks of torture. Please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
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