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Friday, March 8, 2013

Anakin Surgery Update! He has a Chlorhexidine allergy

Anakin after his cryptorchid neuter surgery
(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! :)


  1. Poor Ani - I am sending lots of purrs his way! I hope that allergic reaction abates quickly.

  2. Poor Ani, tough thing to go through but trying to look on the bright side of things, probably best to find out now vice a hope never to have to find out later type of thing (hope that made some sense).

  3. So sorry for Ani's added distress. Poor baby.
    However, so glad the vet found the problem. He looks so precious in his little hidey bed. Prayers for a very speedy recovery.

  4. We are so glad this is an allergy and curable; though, we are so, so sorry is going through this tough time. He does look really sweet in his little nest. Extra prayers, purrs and hugs from the kitties at, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

  5. Thanks so much for keeping us up to date. Purrs little fellow. Get well soon!

  6. Please give him some extra love and cuddles from me! The poor baby! I hope it clears up really soon! I love this little guy! Hang in there, dear Ani! Love, hugs and purrs, Kathy

  7. Sending lots of love and get well wishes for Anakin...he's a wee soul.x x x

  8. So sorry to hear of Ani's medical mess.

    Having just gone thru my own ER mess, I feel for little Ani.

    My furry lady says (very gently) "Woof! Arf, arf!"