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An end to the sneezes for Florence…

10 August 2016


An end to the sneezes for Florence…  

Florence, a lovely little cat belonging to one of our receptionists Alyson, had a throat problem and came to see Sam, one of our primary clinicians.

Three year old Florence had been sneezing a lot, coughing and retching like she was trying to bring something up, and was suffering from bad breath. Although she was still eating and drinking, she was not feeling herself.

Clinical signs indicated that a foreign body was stuck in her upper respiratory tract, so Florence was anaesthetised to allow examination of her throat and upper airway. Luckily for Florence, a grass blade was found stuck in the back of her throat, which Sam was able to remove quite easily with some forceps. Florence was given some anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the inflammation in her throat, and she made a very good recovery.


The grass blade found in the back of Florence's throat

The grass blade found in the back of Florence's throat


Cats and dogs will sometimes eat grass when they are feeling nauseous to make themselves vomit, and occasionally this will lead to the grass becoming stuck in the back of the nasal passages or throat. Most of the time this can be retrieved with the patient under general anaesthesia, although sometimes requires use of an endoscope to guide removal.

Willows offer a reduced price mid-year health check, 6 months after the annual booster vaccination, so we can check your pet is in tip-top condition and discuss any concerns you might have.

Call us on 0121 712 7070 to book an appointment.


An end to the sneezes for Florence…