was brought to us because she had laboured, wheezy respiration
and was losing weight. We suspected that she had a respiratory
infection and we prescribed antibiotics.
She was seen again the following day. Pandora's owner was
having trouble in getting her to take the antibiotics. She
was also quite depressed and reluctant to eat. Injections
of antiobiotics were administered over the next couple of
When we next saw Pandora there was no change in her condition.
She still had laboured respiration and was not happy. Pandora
was admitted for a chest xray and this revealed a generalised
fluid / soft tissue density within her chest. Under sedation
we were able to place a needle into her chest cavity and remove
30mls of pus and fluid from it. This indicated that Pandora
had a condition called a Pyothorax pus in the chest
Under anaesthetic we placed a drain into Pandora's chest.
This allowed us to remove the accumulation of pus, flush her
chest cavity with sterile saline and instill antibiotics directly.
The drain had to be sutured in place and, because polecats
can be quite canny with their stitches, we wrapped her up
in an entire body bandage. The drain stayed in place for 5
days and was then removed.
Pandora was lovely to nurse, very friendly and didn't attempt
to bite us at all. She was very good about having her drain
flushed and with us giving her all her medications. When we
were sure that Pandora was ok following the removal of the
drain she was sent home. She had to wear her groovy coats
for a few days to make sure she wouldn't chew at the stiches
but these didn't seem to bother her.
We have seen Pandora back at the surgery since going home
and she is doing very well. She is much like her old self,
is eating well and her breathing is almost back to normal.
The best thing about Pandora though is that she is insured!
Her owner doesn't have to worry about the bill at all!