an "Eye" on Sam
have been during the latter part of October when I noticed
something odd about Sam, my adorable feline, specifically
in his left eye. There was a growth of some type that looked
just awful. So, I called the vet and explained the problem.
They wanted to see him, so we made an appointment and took
him in. Once there, we were referred to a veterinarian ophthalmologist.
My aide, Robin and I drove down to Pattersonville, NY- which
is about 45 minutes south of Fulton County. That is where
the "Veterinarian Specialist Clinic" is located.
I first, though, had Herman take a digital picture of Sams
eye and emailed it to my cousin, Larry, who is a leading eye
surgeon (for people) in Michigan. I told him that I knew it
was a fairly unusual request, but to please look at the picture
and give me his best diagnoses.
back to me almost immediately, saying it looked to him like
a ptygerium, which is a non-cancerous growth. I immediately
went on the Internet and did a search for this and found a
whole bunch of information. Turns out that it is very common
in felines, and is usually caused by exposure to the sun.
I found this both funny and odd, in that I am a sunshine lover,
but when Sam goes on the screened in front porch, he isnt
exposed to much sunshine. Anyway, I went armed with all this
information to the veterinarian in Pattersonville.
there, I found myself in a quagmire. Here it was a mild sunny
day, and I wanted to wait outside, but I was really worried
about Sam, my adorable feline. So, inside we went. I have
to say what a perfect trooper Sam was the entire day! He was
patient, not fussy at all, and really was mature about hanging
out in his kitty carrier for most of the morning. He really
showed up the rest of the animals waiting for their appointments,
as most were whining.
we were finally called in, we met a Dr. Nancy Cottrill. She
immediately began talking to Sam, and took him out of his
carrier with his blanket, commenting to him "you dont
want to sit on cold stainless steel, do you?" Then the
lights went off and she gave him a good long examination.
When done, she continued to pet him, then turned to me and
said "Sam does not need an operation. He has feline herpes.
Probably his mother passed it on to him, and he has carried
the virus since he was a kitten, and it has appeared now.
She gave me a regimen of eye drops to give him, plus asked
me to go to a pharmacy to get a bottle of l-lysine, 500 mg.,
and to give him two a day.
news is that his eye has totally cleared up. Now, giving a
cat a pill is another story. I must say that Herman is getting
very good at mixing pills in yogurt. Lets just hope
that Sam never stops liking yogurt, since on his prescription
it says "forever". Okeedokee, then.
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"