THE STORY OF PEARL THE CAT
Pearl is a three year old black and white spayed female with beautiful green eyes. She had gone missing from her family for two days and when discovered under a bed she appeared barely alive. On admittance to LVS, the emergency team went to work to try to stabilize her. Her body was covered with bite wounds; and her temperature and blood pressure was exceedingly low. The open wounds emitted a foul odor and were full of maggots crawling around. Pearl was critical.
The emergency team removed the maggots and passed a feeding tube through her nose into the stomach, they treated her with fluid resuscitation and antibiotics.
Finally, after 7 days, she was strong enough to have surgery to remove the dead and remaining infected tissue. Dr. Bennett and his surgery team were called in for the reconstruction. After all of the obviously dead tissues was removed, they used negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) to help revitalize the remaining tissue. Her injuries were quite extensive and the NPWT pulled the infected fluids via suction away and also to stimulate her blood vessels to come into the area providing oxygen and cells to help fight the remaining infection.
At this point, Pearl was still not eating much on her own and was quite anemic even though she had received blood transfusions. Many of her wounds were too large to suture close. As a result, skin grafts were performed and drains were placed to pull any remaining fluid out. Dr. Bennett used Manuka honey on the devitalized (dead) tissue on Pearl’s leg. This honey comes from the Manuka flower and is found only in New Zealand. Interestingly, this honey contains antibiotics and is now commercially available for treating open wounds in humans and animals.
Pearl is now home with her doting owner. She would come to LVS periodically for bandage changes and for quite a while wore an infant tee shirt to protect the sutured area. Nurse Stacy loves to give her colorful bandages with creative designs. Pearl is back home and very contented. Her family will never forget the extraordinary team efforts of the emergency and critical care department, the hands of the surgeons, the Manuka honey and the lots of TLC received at Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists.