Meet Anakin! Ani is a two legged cat, born without a pelvis or back legs but that doesn't stop him. He is full of love & life! My family and I rescued Anakin and I am caring for him. My family and I are lifelong animal lovers and will give Ani the absolute best possible home, love and care. I post updates, photos and videos of Anakin on his website, Facebook page, Twitter, YouTube and other online sites.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Anakin Surgery Update! He has a Chlorhexidine allergy
(In his little hidey hole bed last night) I took Anakin back to the vet this morning to get his tongue and incisions checked before the weekend. Ani's tongue looked worse to me last night so I really wanted it checked today. Our vet said that he did bite his tongue on the left side but that the whole top front of his tongue didn't look like a bite at all. Since it was swelling during surgery she thinks he had a small bite AND also a reaction to something from the surgery. They did give him Benadryl during surgery for the swelling and as a precaution for a possible reaction and it did help stop it. She thought that would be it, Just a bit of tongue swelling that would go away in a little time but it didn't. She did some research because she's never seen this before and what she found is, Anakin had an allergic reaction to the Chlorhexidine oral rinse they used on his breathing tube during surgery. This is the first surgery where he’s had a breathing tube. His other surgeries were really quick and minor so they used a mask on him for those. The side effects to a Chlorhexidine allergy are exactly what his is experiencing with the sores and ulcers on his tongue where the tube was resting and on his gum line where the rinse may have gotten in his mouth. It will take about a week for his tongue and mouth to heal up. He is already on an antibiotic injection to keep his incisions from getting infected and it should keep his mouth from getting infected too. She gave me more pain meds for him to keep his mouth from hurting him and it is being marked on his charts for future reference that he does have this allergy & I will know if he ever has to go the the Emergency Hospital too. My poor baby! If it's not one thing it's another! I'm giving him lots of love and cuddles and hopefully his mouth will heal up quickly. Thank you again for all of your love, support and well wishes for Anakin & all my furbabies! :)