Amos Purrton's Surgery
Upon his intake exam at Angel's Wish, our volunteers quickly discovered there was something very amiss with his ears. His ears were filled with cysts and he cried when we looked in his ears. We took him for evaluation by Fitchburg Veterinary Hospital , who confirmed Amos' ears were in trouble. His ears were so swollen, his ear canals couldn't be visualized. We treated him for two weeks with steroids and antibiotics, with no change. We took a culture of his ears to see if there was a significant bacterial infection causing problems, but it came back negative.
The next step would be surgery, so we sought a second opinion from Sandra Wedig, DVM, DABVP (feline specialist) at Prairie Veterinary Associates. She diagnosed him with hyperplastic ceruminous glands in his ears. We continue to treat Amos with oral steroids, but his discomfort continues. He has scratched most of the hair off the back of his head attempting to scratch his ears. He cries if you touch his ears.
On March 29, Amos will be evaluated by Edinger Surgical Solutions to evaluate surgical options to treat his ears. His pre-anesthetic bloodwork (performed at Verona Veterinary Medical Services ) looks great.
Amos is an amazing boy. He has been stoic with multiple car rides to the vets, exams poking in his ears, and daily medicine. Amos is a friend to all...people, other cats, even the big dogs in his foster home. He loves to cuddle with other cats, and specializes in licking their heads. Everyone who has met him remarks what a nice guy he is.
We know Amos could be in for a serious surgery that will be expensive, far more than Angel's Wish can cover out of our normal donations. We've already invested a lot in his care: four office visits, ear cytology, pre-anesthetic bloodwork, and medicine (ear drops and prednisone).
We'll update our fundraising goal after our consult on Wednesday. If you can, please help by donating and sharing Amos' story. Thank you for your support!
So, as Amos' foster mom, will I miss him? Absolutely--he was a special boy and we spent a lot of time together including plenty of time in the car going to vet appointments (about six appointments in the last two months--thank goodness Amos is a great traveler). But as foster homes, we also know we're just a short part of our foster kitties' journeys to forever homes, and if we adopted our fosters we wouldn't be able to foster anymore.
Thank you to everyone here who was a part of Amos' journey and helped sponsor his extensive veterinary care so we could make him feel oh-so-much better and move on to his forever home.
Amos is feeling much better today. We can tell because we heard his normal playful chirping and found him playing with his mousie. :) He even carried it around a bit. He's not happy about the e-collar, but it is doing his job as he does attempt to scratch his ears a bit. He's back to headbutting his foster parents, e-collar and all. I guess we're forgiven. :)
Here's the post-op update on our boy Amos!
Dr. Edinger was able to give Amos' ears a great cleaning while he was sedated, and then he could have a thorough exam without pain. His ear canals are very healthy with no infection; they were just hidden by cysts and gunk. Dr. Edinger removed multiple cysts, including the big bluish one you could easily see on the outside of his ear and lots of small ones in the ear were drained or removed. He has a few stitches so he has to wear the cone of shame so he doesn't open that up or some of the other spots where he didn't have enough skin for stitches. A few of the cysts will be sent out for pathology, but we are hopeful everything is benign. Amos is still groggy from sedation and sad about the cone of shame.
Thanks to everyone who sponsored his surgery so he can feel better and we have a much better idea of his long-term prognosis.