July was a busy month at Post Pet Hospital and we had a lot of interesting cases walk through our door but the pet of the month is arguably the most noteworthy! “Kei 2”, a spayed 12-year-old domestic shorthair, came to us after a visit to the E.R. because the owner was concerned that she was having trouble swallowing. When we saw her the next day “Kei 2” was very lethargic, wanting to eat but vomiting every time she tried and drinking ‘strangely’. Dr. Grosser recommended radiographs and bloodwork so we could get a better idea of what was happening internally. Upon review of the radiographs Dr. Grosser diagnosed “Kei 2” with gastroenteritis, or inflammation of the stomach and intestines, and constipation. We administered subcutaneous fluids and an enema to help clear the lower large intestine and colon of stool and sent her home with lactulose. Lactulose is a medication commonly used in cats to help regulate bowel movements. We saw “Kei 2” again the next day because the owner wasn’t seeing any improvement at home. By this time, we had her bloodwork back from the lab and found that she had a slightly elevated blood glucose so Dr. Grosser administered insulin to get it back into the normal range and also gave more subcutaneous fluids, a vitamin injection and a corticosteroid injection to help with any inflammation within the body and to try and stimulate her appetite. Over the weekend “Kei 2” kept declining so we had the owner drop her off for observation on Monday. Dr. Grosser recommended repeating radiographs at the time to see if her gastroenteritis had improved any since last week. When we took these radiographs, our positioning was slightly different from the initial views and we captured her neck this time and we finally found the cause of all her ailments. She had swallowed a needle with thread attached to it! We then took a radiograph of just her neck and we could clearly see the needle that had embedded itself in her esophagus, which was causing all these problems! We anesthetized “Kei 2” and Dr. Grosser was able to remove the foreign body without invasive surgery. We kept her overnight for monitoring to make sure that she was on the road to recovery and by the next morning her attitude was much more cat like and Dr. Grosser deemed her healthy enough to go home! We called the owner a few days later to check on “Kei 2” and she reported that she was eating and drinking and even gaining back some of the weight that she had lost during her illness. “Kei 2” is at home with her family now and doing great!