When Jamie and Ashton found Lil’ Crumpet all alone on the streets, she was dragging a weak hind leg, possibly from an accident. Over time, Crumpet regained mobility and played like a normal kitten. But then, she began to have difficulty defecating.
Rectal examination and X-rays revealed that Crumpet’s problem was caused by Perineal Hernia.
WHAT CAUSES PERINEAL HERNIA?
A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue pushes through the surrounding muscles or connective tissue.
The pelvic diaphragm is a set of muscles that surround the anus. When the diaphragm weakens or fails, pelvic and/or abdominal organs (e.g., intestines or bladder) displace into the region around the anus called the perineum. Organ entrapment can become a serious condition that requires emergency surgery.
When defecation became difficulty, Crumpet began to lose her appetite. She was also straining to urinate.
“Crumpet is a very strong girl. A survivor. Her big brother Specter loves her!” ~ Ashton
ON 13 MARCH, CRUMPET CAME IN FOR SURGERY.
Dr Dennis Choi, assisted by Dr Sunah Choi, Mount Pleasant Veterinary Centre (Gelenggang,) performed Cystopexy and Colopexy to prevent the organs from displacing again.
Cystopexy – suturing the urinary bladder to the abdominal wall.
Colopexy – suturing the colon to the abdominal wall.
Crumpet was of age so spaying was done at the same time.
When Crumpet was first rescued, she was just 400g. Now she is a healthy 1.9kg and eats anything and everything!
“Crumpet is doing so well it’s amazing! Dr Choi mentioned she might need a second surgery to repair the pelvic diaphragm. But Crumpet is eating well and has no problems peeing and pooing on her own. They are stealing my salad here!” ~ Ashton
“Watching Crumpet slowly learn to use her leg, to what she can do now, it has simply been a wonderful experience.” ~ Ashton
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