Ozzy is an 11 year old Domestic Shorthair cat who presented to our animal hospital in St Catharines, for weight loss. Dr. Marcie Toles, the veterinarian, discovered a heart murmur and did some preliminary blood tests, which were normal. Ozzy was then referred to the Mississauga/Oakville Veterinary Referral Clinic for a diagnostic workup including abdominal/cardiac ultrasound, endoscopy and biopsy. Ozzy was subsequently diagnosed with Small cell intestinal lymphoma, the most common gastrointestinal tumour in the cat. Fortunately, it is also the most treatable form of lymphoma. Clinical signs of this disease may be vague, and include weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia and lethargy in the majority of cats. Ozzy’s amazing owners have gone the extra mile for this very special kitty, and currently have him on a regime of steroids, vitamins and anti cancer drugs. At his current recheck, it was found that his appetite has improved, and he had gained a small amount of weight. The staff at Animal Health Services commend the efforts of his dedicated owners.
Jul 24 2013