Dreamer is one of the nine kittens that came to us from a barn in Potomac 6/8/20. The foster noticed right away that he would vomit while eating. This happened a few times over the course of a few hours. He went to the vet on Wednesday and it was discovered through barium x rays that he had a very narrow esophagus which would explain why he was vomiting every time he ate. The cause is not known yet, but it is suspected that it might be a Persistent Right Aortic Arch (PRAA). It has been confirmed
“Persistent right aortic arch is a congenital abnormality of the blood vessels of the heart that can affect esophageal function in some dogs and less commonly, in cats. Basically, an embryonic branch of the aorta fails to regress and is wrapped around the esophagus when a puppy or kitten is born. This puts pressure on the tube, preventing the passage of food in the esophagus when the pet eats, causing regurgitation. Surgery can correct the problem, and follow-up care can usually reverse the esophageal effects, especially if done early in a pet’s life.”
Went to Bozeman on Tuesday sorry no scenic pictures. It rained and snowed all the way over there, snow can be scenic but not in June. His appointment went very well, he was seen by an Internal Specialist as well as a surgeon. They confirmed that it is PRAA.
His prognosis is very good because he does not have dilation of the esophagus, it improves the chances of the surgery being a success. He is still a little small they want him to be 3lbs to do the surgery, he is about 1lb 1oz right now so sometime the end of July early part of August for the surgery. His vomiting has been reduced greatly by blending his food to milkshake consistency and feeding in a upright position.
Dreamer and his brother Thistle were a huge hit at the clinic so they got a lot of attention and a few that wanted to adopt them. Two gingers this cute are hard to resist. They will stay with their current foster until he is ready for surgery and be adopted as a bonded pair after his recovery is complete.