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Sobering Experience For Cat Helped By London Vet Specialists

6 months ago

28th July, 2020 14h37

Linnaeus Group

One of London’s leading referral veterinary centres has come to the rescue of a ‘drunken’ cat who was admitted as an emergency case.

Asia, a Maine Coon cat, arrived at primary care practice Village Vet, in Belsize Village, looking the worse for wear - dizzy, unsteady on her feet and with her eyes darting from side to side.

The five-year-old feline was suspected to be suffering from vestibular syndrome, which is a disease often caused by a brain or ear problem.

Village Vet’s Dr Mary Fletcher said: “Animals with this syndrome usually present with a head tilt, ataxia (wobbliness) and nystagmus (involuntary movements of the eyes), so we performed an examination of her ear with an otoscope and found the likely cause of the problem.

“Asia had a large mass growing inside her ear, which was affecting the nerves and causing the instability and rapid eye movement.

“We referred her to our specialist-lead hospital, London Vet Specialists (LVS), where we have our own state-of-the-art facilities, including a CT scanner, ultrasound, operating theatre and a full team of veterinary experts able to deal with the case.” 

At LVS, which is part of Linnaeus, diagnostic imaging specialist Dr Ian Jones carried out a CT scan of Asia’s head, which confirmed there was a mass occupying the middle ear canal and that it would require surgery to remove it and alleviate Asia’s pain and disorientating symptoms.

Soft tissue surgery specialist and head of surgery at LVS, Dr Janet McClaran, carried out the intricate operation, with Asia’s owners anxiously awaiting news.

Dr McClaran said: “I had to carefully open a small window in the ear in order to remove the mass in its entirety.

“This was a delicate operation requiring miniaturised instruments and great care to avoid nerve damage, especially as this was quite a large mass trapped inside a small cat’s ear!”

The operation was a complete success and Dr McClaran was delighted with Asia’s recovery, adding: “Straight after surgery, she was already looking much more comfortable and after 24 hours of hospitalisation, Asia was discharged to continue her recovery at home.

“A further boost was that the final biopsy results confirmed the good news that the mass was benign (non-cancerous), so Asia really is enjoying a new lease of life.”

The LVS hospital is a multi-disciplinary referral facility which offers expert care in anaesthesia and analgesia, critical care, cardiology, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology and surgery.

For more information about London Vet Specialists, which is part of Linnaeus, visit

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