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Lost Cat -Grey Short Hair Near Brentford

Lost Grey Short Hair

Male Neutered

14 Months old

No collar but is microchipped

Went missing in TW8 Brentford

Please call Melanie 07770582864




Have you seen Zig. Pictured above lying on the floor with his brother Zag.

Went missing Tuesday 25th August, early morning.

He is registered at the Osterley Surgery and he is microchipped. The clients also
live near the Whitton Surgery.
Please contact the Osterley surgery on 0208 758 0400 or the owners on Tel 02085605280 or mobile 07984316358

Thank you

Compliments from a client

Miss Moore- with Buffy, Tabitha and Tiny

How was your experience here with us?

I am very pleased with out experience here, they are all very kind and helpful.

Who did you see?

Kieran, Alison and Laura

Oxygen therapy and the dyspnoeic cat

If a cat has any signs of respiratory distress (difficulty or irregular breathing) it can be life threatening and is always classed as an emergency. As an owner you should always seek rapid veterinary treatment.

Dyspnoea (difficulty breathing) can be caused by many different conditions and primarily relates to disease originating within the respiratory system.

The main indication of this in cats is open mouth breathing, tachypnoea (increased rate of breathing), and hyperpnoea (increased depth of breathing).

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A dyspnoeic cat (a cat with difficulty breathing) is a common veterinary emergency and initial management and stabilisation are critical in the patients survival.

A feline patient at our Ealing branch ‘Roary’ arrived at the practice as a respiratory emergency.

On arrival he was in an unstable condition. He was typically fragile, therefore careful handling and emergency stabilisation was essential.

On arrival to the practice Roary was examined by Dr Alex Morley and was immediately given supplemental oxygen via a specially designed oxygen chamber.

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It was necessary to delay more extensive

diagnostic tests (radiography or ultrasound heart scan) until Roary had been stabilised.

The oxygen chamber allowed a hands-off approach and minimised stress levels and allowed him time to settle.

Once Roary was stabilised an intravenous catheter was placed for drug administration and in case of deterioration. Diagnostic tests were also performed.


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Digital Radiographs were taken, these showed changes in the overall shape and size of the heart, and detected a build up of fluid (pleural effusion).

A heart ultrasound (echocardiography) allowed a view of the internal dimensions of the heart, the wall thickness, and the contractility of the heart was assessed.


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Roary has diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) .This is where the muscular wall of the heart generally becomes thinner than usual, the heart enlarges, and the heart muscle cannot contract effectively and compromises cardiac function. The heart function is significantly impaired by cardiomyopathy and leads to heart failure. This is due to a compromise to blood flow through the heart and blood output from the heart.


With this particular condition cats can sometimes develop clinical signs without prior warning, and can deteriorate very rapidly. The most commonly seen sign of heart failure is the development of difficult breathing and/or more rapid breathing. This is generally caused by either a build up of fluid in the chest cavity around the lungs (called a pleural effusion), or due to a build up of fluid within the lungs themselves (called pulmonary oedema).

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Roary’s condition had improved enough for him to be discharged later that day . He has since responded well to heart medications that have helped to improve and manage his condition.


Here is Roary at home showing us that he is doing well on the medication.


Written by Kyrstie Bright (RVN)02 cat 6



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