So Nomad had surgery on her lower eyelids last week to correct her Entropion. PetPlace defines Entropion as “an inward rolling of the eyelid edges. It is an uncommon problem in the cat, but when it does occur it usually affects the lower eyelids.” This description is spot on in Nomad’s case (you can see the picture on the left, or a larger one in our album here.)
She had been taken to the vet’s office for her routine checkup and shots and the vet asked if she was blind. Samantha replied “Nah, she just always has her eyes closed, she’ll open them when she moves.”
The vet took a closer look and said “I’ve read about this before…”
We can stop right there for a second. When any sort of doctor begins his sentence with “I’ve read about this before…” you know you’ve either:
A) have a serious problem on your hands or
B) have an expensive problem on your hands.
“But I’ve never seen it in a cat before” he finished. “I can correct it with surgery fairly easily. She’s also got some really high cheekbones…you’ve got a weird cat.”
“Um…thanks?” Samantha stammered.
So we elected for the surgery, it is not too very expensive and as we are doing a favor for my sister by keeping Nomad for the year, we had a little help from the parental units. The only hurdle we had to overcome was convincing Sarah that Nomad would indeed be more comfortable after the surgery than before. Fortunately Sarah agreed without much fuss and so we scheduled it.
Nomad came back to us looking like a skinny feline version of a football linebacker. She had bruises on her back from the IV catheter (we ALWAYS pay the extra $30 for that) and her stitches and shaved cheeks give the impression that she’s got some sort of substance smeared under her eyes.
Too bad we didn’t get her back in time for Halloween, she would have had the perfect costume.
[tags] Entropion, Cat, Feline, Surgery, Nomad, Veterinarian, PetPlace[/tags]