Life Saving Surgery for Rescue Kitten
Gilbert is a four-month-old kitten from the Hounslow Animal Welfare Society. From birth, he struggled with feeding, his growth was stunted and he showed signs of periodic respiratory distress. Otherwise, his caretakers described him as a happy and energetic kitten. Gilbert was referred to Hamilton Specialist Referrals for examination.
Physical examinations and CT scans detected signs of pectus excavatum, a congenital condition that includes a dorsoventral narrowing of the rib cage, and an inward curvature of the sternum. These conditions can compress thoracic organs, resulting in respiratory distress. In severe cases, the condition is life-threatening.