Friday, June 16, 2017

Baxter: Gold medal for most affectionate cat

Baxter was a kitten born of a feral mother. When he was old enough to be weaned, we caught him and brought him inside to socialize him, and he developed a great personality, super friendly with people as well as with other cats. When he was 6 months old, though, we noticed pus and inflammation in his left eye.  We learned from the eye doctor that he had a piece of skin growing inside in such a way that hair was brushing against the eye ball, causing irritation and infection. He needed surgery. The problem was that the eye clinic required $ 1,900 to remove the piece of skin, and that was well beyond any money we could raise. I took Baxter to my vet, Dr. Bryant, at the Parmer Lane Pet Hospital, and asked her if she could do the surgery at a more affordable cost. Dr. Bryant had not done this before, but she talked to a doctor at the eye clinic who explained the procedure. Confident that she could do it, she agreed to operate on Baxter and was able to remove the problem skin at a fourth of the eye clinic quoted price! Baxter had a full recovery and his eye is now functioning correctly. He was adopted two months later and his new family adores him for a reason: he deserves a gold medal for being the most affectionate cat on the planet. Thank you Dr. Bryant!

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