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Kitten Gandalf

Scary Surgery

Gandalf (obviously a lot older than he looks here) and Fluffy finally got neutered today. At 6 months, I sort of waited a bit longer than I normally would, but that was because Fluffy had a heart murmur and I wanted to let him get a bit larger before we did this.

Well as it turns out, Gandalf has an even louder murmur. Apparently that entire litter of kittens had heart issues. I'm starting to think that Waby may have had a "Patent Ductus Arteriosus" issue that killed him when he was only 18 days old.

As it turns out, Fluffys Neuter went off without a hitch. Gandalf had a wild heart arythmia start after his operation began, with his heart rate varying from 80 to 150. We finished his operation quickly and he recovered fine, but if this had been a Spay operation (if he had been a girl cat instead of a boy) we might have lost him under anesthesia. As it was I just finished with him under as little anesthesia as possible.

When I get the chance, I want to have the ultrasound doctor look at him. That scared me.

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lordgloria September 20th, 2009
YIKES! Strong wishes for little Gandalf!

titanic September 23rd, 2009
He was fine as soon as he was awake, no lingering effects. But apparently he can't handle anesthesia long enough for any lengthy operation. Fortunately a Neuter is about the fastest thing we can do.

lordgloria September 23rd, 2009
That's a relief! Ever since Max's heart murmur was diagnosed and BlackJack died of a saddle thrombosis, I've been concerned about kitty heart issues.

desertcoyote September 20th, 2009
Yikes- I hope things turn out Ok...

titanic September 23rd, 2009
They are both fine - and behaving as though nothing at all happened.

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