Amos Purrton's Surgery

$1,720 of $1,660 goal

Raised by 21 people in 29 days
Amy J Good  VERONA, WI
Meet Amos Purrton. He came to Angel's Wish on February 1, 2017 as a transfer from Fond du Lac Humane Society.  When we have foster homes available, we reach out to area humane societies to help reduce their cat populations.  

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!
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Update 8
Posted by Amy J Good
13 days ago
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Excellent news Amos fans! His pathology report is back, and the cysts are benign. Early reports from his new mom Mary is that all is going well and he is making himself right at home. :)
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Update 7
Posted by Amy J Good
15 days ago
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Today was a big day for Amos, as he was adopted by his new mom Mary!!! She and her kitty Gray Man have been desperately missing their other kitty companion who passed away, and we just know Amos is going to be a great fit because Amos loves everyone! Mary is a nurse, so Amos is in great hands! She was so eager to bring Amos home, she doesn't care what the pathology report might say.

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.
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Update 6
Posted by Amy J Good
17 days ago
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Hi Amos Purrton fans!

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. :)
"My mousie!"
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Update 5
Posted by Amy J Good
19 days ago
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Hi everyone!
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.
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Lisa Brunette
19 days ago

So happy he will be more comfortable!

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Kerry Kresse
19 days ago

Thanks for the update. I hope he recovers quickly.

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Linda Linssen
26 days ago

Great news for this sweet boy!

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$1,720 of $1,660 goal

Raised by 21 people in 29 days
Created March 26, 2017
KH
$20
Kevin Hoffman
25 days ago
$40
Anonymous
25 days ago
TH
$75
Tayler Holum
25 days ago
MM
$250
Megan M.
25 days ago (Offline Donation)
MV
$20
Michelle Vanderwist
25 days ago
$500
Anonymous
25 days ago
EO
$257
Edinger Surgical Options
25 days ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks to Edinger Surgical Options for offering a discount on Amos' surgery!

$25
Carmen Reeve
26 days ago
EO
$33
Edinger Surgical Options
26 days ago (Offline Donation)

Rescue discount

$75
Anonymous
29 days ago
Lisa Brunette
19 days ago

So happy he will be more comfortable!

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Kerry Kresse
19 days ago

Thanks for the update. I hope he recovers quickly.

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Linda Linssen
26 days ago

Great news for this sweet boy!

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