Caity is a cocker spaniel that is nearly 6 years old. She came in for a dental exam and cleaning. Fortunately for Caity, the dental procedure includes a full physical exam. Dr. Fassett performed the abdominal exam while Caity was sedated for the dental procedure – this allows a more detailed exam since the area is relaxed. Unfortunately, he discovered an abnormality in Caity’s abdomen. Since she was already sedated, the decision was made to transfer her to the OR for exploratory surgery. Problems were found with Caity’s spleen, and Dr. Fassett performed a splenectomy. She spent the night under observation and went home the next day. Not only is she on the road to full surgical recovery, but her dental work was also a success.
In the photos: Caity in surgery and with Dr. Fassett on her follow-up visit.