Curious Cat Consumes Nearly Three Dozen Hairties, Undergoes Lifesaving Surgery

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If you have pets, you’re probably familiar with their playful antics and curious nature. Household items, not created for use by pets, often end up as toys.

That’s what happened when Ally, a playful 1 year old cat from Satellite Beach consumed several of her owner’s hair ties.

Ally arrived at Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard with a 5 day history of progressive vomiting, lethargy, depression, and inappetence. Her owners had seen her playing with the hair ties earlier in the week but weren’t sure if she had actually eaten any of them

Radiographs taken by the veterinarian revealed a linear foreign body obstruction in Ally’s gastrointestinal system. The mass on the radiograph stretched from her stomach throughout her intestines.

Ally underwent surgery at Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard. Dr. John Moser, Surgical Resident, removed the hair bands during the surgery and was amazed at how many he found. At the conclusion of the surgery, Dr. Moser was sure to palpate the entire length of Ally’s intestines to be sure no more hair bands remained.

The final count came to an astounding 34 hair ties!

It’s not uncommon in emergency veterinary medicine to see pets, especially puppies and kittens that consume things that aren’t meant to be food. These cases are sometimes euphemistically referred to as “dietary indiscretion”. For small and recently consumed objects, Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard may be able to use a special medical device called an endoscope to retrieve the object without the need for surgery – saving the pet discomfort and the owner time and money. More extreme cases like Ally’s often require surgical removal.

Ally made a full recovery and her owners report she is back to her playful self.

About Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard (AECC):

Animal Emergency and Critical Care Center of Brevard (AECC) and Veterinary Imaging Center is Brevard’s most respected veterinary hospital for comprehensive emergency, critical and specialty veterinary care as well as state-of-the-art imaging. Located on West Eau Gallie Boulevard, the hospital offers the services of board-certified veterinary specialists including a surgeon, neurologist, cardiologist and dermatologist. Canine rehabilitation programs including underwater treadmill therapy, cold laser therapy and acupuncture are also offered by a certified therapist. The hospital has been serving area pet families for more than 18 years.