Snail It Isn’t So?

When you think of young cats you think fluffy, cute, and mischievous. So when we saw Scout, a 1-year-old cat, who did not want to play or run we knew something was wrong.

After being placed on a special diet her original symptoms of lethargy and vomiting seemed to wax and wane over the next 2 months. When she presented 2 months later she was thin, vomiting frequently, dehydrated, and was breathing rapidly. Radiographs of her chest looked like a snow storm from all the inflammation in her lungs. Possibilities where asthma, cancer, or a fungal infection but an ultrasound ruled out signs of a primary tumor in the abdomen.

Chest Radiograph

The next diagnostic procedure was a transtracheal wash. Scout was anesthetized and a small tube was put down her endotracheal tube (the tube we place to carry anesthesia and oxygen to her lungs). A small amount of sterile saline was put into the tube and sucked back out. This picks up the cells and mucous that is down the airways so it can be examined under the microscope and cultured for bacteria. The sample was sent to our diagnostic lab. It was quite a surprise when the pathologist called the next day and told us there were lung worms in the sample!


Lungworms in cats are very rare in Colorado. The cat needs to ingest an infected snail or bird/rodent who has eaten an infected snail.

Scout was treated with the appropriate medication, along with steroids to reduce the inflammation in her lungs. Within one week she was feeling much better. At her most recent check-up, Scout was running around the house playing and she was no longer vomiting. The follow-up radiographs are about 75% improved and we are hoping for a complete recovery. Scout is now a happy and mischievous kitten.

Meet Dusty


Meet Dusty.


Dusty is a sweet, 7 year-old Labrador mix who enjoys sleeping, affection, looking out the window, and of course, treats. About a month ago, Dusty’s owner brought him to us because he had blood in his urine. Although Dusty wasn’t showing any signs of straining to urinate or increased urination, we performed a urinalysis and found that he had a urinary tract infection. Dusty was given some antibiotics.

However, a few weeks went by, and Dusty still had blood in his urine. Dr. Levy decided to take an x-ray to rule out bladder stones, which can be common in dogs with urinary problems. Through the x-ray, we found Dusty did, in fact, have a large bladder stone. At that time, Dr. Levy gave Dusty’s owners a couple options: attempt to dissolve the stone with a special diet, or surgically remove the stone. They chose to do the surgical procedure. The surgery was successful, and the stone was removed.

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Once a bladder stone is removed, we send it to a lab for analysis. Depending on the size and kind of stone, a change in diet could reduce the chance of developing more stones. This was the case with Dusty; he’ll be put on a new diet to help dissolve any crystals or stones that may appear in the future.

Dusty is recovering well. We recently saw him for his suture removal and everything is healing nicely. Because of his new diet, he didn’t get to have any treats at this visit, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still spoil him with love and belly rubs when he comes to see us again!
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