Raven and her "salivary gland surgery”
Raven has been at FMAR for over 8 years. She was just a baby that jumped into the arms of a volunteer dog walker on a clear summer day. Since she came to FMAR she has been a “queen bee” around the shelter so when we noticed that she wasn’t acting like herself and she was salivating more than usual, we opened her mouth to find what we thought was a huge tumor. We knew right away she needed to see Dr. Dhaliwal.
What he discovered was not a tumor at all but a blocked Salivary gland. Although we were relieved it wasn’t cancer, we were told it would require surgery and a long recovery period.
Raven has always been a tough girl so we knew she would make it through just fine, but she wasn’t going to like it!
This is Raven. I would like to tell my side of the story. I had been arguing with Mr. Tough Guy Cesar and we got into a little altercation…which I won of course. Later on that week I started to feel a little under the weather. Marcy looked into my mouth and began to panic…I don’t know what her problem was, I didn’t feel that bad!
She insisted I be taken to see Dr. Dhaliwal where I had to tolerate poking and prodding; but of course not without a few choice words and growls to the people that were man-handling me. I am a queen and should be treated as such after all!
After a while I guess the doctor got tired of me because they gave me a shot in the rear and the next thing I remember was waking up with a big tube hanging out of my neck. They did put a patch on my side so the pain was next to nothing….they would have had heck to pay if I was in pain!
For the next few weeks my diet consisted of wet, soupy food which I wasn’t very fond of. It was quite difficult to swallow so most of the time I just took a bite or two and gave up for a while.
Once the drain was removed it became a little easier to eat and drink. I am not happy about having to have the surgery but I am grateful that I was at FMAR where I could get the help I needed, even though I didn’t always show how much I know they care about me.
I will always love my home at FMAR and maybe someday I may even like the other cats here!! LOL
Below is a little better explanation of my condition:
Salivary mucocele is a condition in which saliva leaks from a damagedsalivary gland or duct an collects in the surrounding tissues. Thecondition is also known as sialocele, cervical sialocele, cervical mucocele, ranula, and salivary cyst.
Although trauma is considered to be the usual cause for the damage to the duct or gland, it is rare that a specific traumatic event can be identified. Salivary mucoceles are more common in dogs than cats.
On March 23, 2012 I picked up my brand new hyperactive 8 week-old Maltipoo puppy. Shortly after bringing her home she fell and injured herself. I immediately took her to the local animal hospital, where she received X rays and it was determined that she had broken her back right tibia, and would need to have surgery, to repair the bone. The hospital informed me that the surgery would be between $2,500 to $3,000. I was devastated by the news that not only was my brand new puppy in extreme pain but I may not be able to afford the cost of her surgery.
I cannot speak highly enough about the Michigan Avenue Animal Hospital. Here's my story:
Around the first week in March 2012, we noticed that our 4yr old Siberian Husky was having trouble getting his hind quarters up to a standing position. Although Merlin didn't seem to be in any pain, We scheduled to have Merlins hips Xrayed on March 14th,2012 at Dr Dhaliwal’s Office. On March 11th, we had to take Merlin to the animal emergency hospital because of bloody diarrhea. The ER took an abdominal Xray and said to take it to Dr. Dhaliwal on Monday. The Xrays was dropped off and soon after we received a call saying that Merlins spleen was enlarged and had to be removed. Dr. Dhaliwal did surgery on Wednesday March 14th, 2012 and removed a 10lb spleen! He said it was the biggest one he has ever seen! We picked up Merlin later that evening and within a few days, he was feeling much better and starting to get back to his oldself. The biopsy showed no tumors or cancer. We are very grateful to Dr. Dhaliwal and his staff for saving Merlin. Now we will have many more years with our pet. We recommend the Michigan Avenue Animal Hospital to everyone who is looking for a place that truly puts the health of your pet first.
Our dog Maya is one of our very best friends. When we saw her limping we were worried. She wouldn't run or use the stairs. We did research and learned that it was most likely a problem with her knee. The staff at the Michigan Avenue Animal Hospital was quick to take a look via x-ray. They told us that she would need surgery. At first we were skeptical and tried to brace the knee and took extra special care of Maya. After six months she was still limping and having trouble with the stairs. We took her back to Dr. Dhaliwal for another look. He showed us pictures of other knee surgeries he'd done and we decided to give it a try.
It took three days before Maya was comfortable walking and on the fourth she was running! She uses the stairs just as she used to and loves to play again! We are so grateful for Dr. Dhaliwal and the whole staff at the Michigan Avenue Animal Hospital.
Thank you so much!