Feb. 6, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. – As always, Andrea Hearn’s hair bands were stored in a safe place on the bathroom counter top, but it wasn’t enough this time. The Hearn’s pesky cat named Cadence had devised a different plot and climbed up on the counter to make the hair bands available to Lucy, her 2-year-old Boston terrier sister.
When Lucy came across the appetizing culinary rarity, she couldn’t help herself and ate 27 of the delectable hair bands.
All was well, at first. Cadence’s plan had worked; Lucy had taken the bait. Then things started to unravel late last week when Lucy started showing signs the non-traditional treats may not have been such a good idea.
It started with vomiting. By Monday, it had developed into lethargy. The Hearns were quickly catching on to their cat’s malicious plan and knew something needed to be done, so they contacted their veterinarian. Once at the veterinarian, X-rays revealed the undigested hair-bands in Lucy’s stomach and small intestines.
Only surgery could fix it, so Lucy was referred for emergency surgery to BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a specialty and emergency hospital for pets in Tampa.
Dr. Nicole Salas, a board-certified veterinary surgeon at BluePearl performed the hour-and-a-half long surgery, meticulously undoing Cadence’s plan, one hair band at a time.
“It’s not uncommon to see dogs get into things they’re not supposed to,” said Salas. “Unfortunately, this one led to surgery, but at least the Hearns will have an amusing story to tell and hopefully it will serve as a warning to others to make sure their home is pet-proofed for all of the pets they may have.”
Lucy is expected to make a full recovery and is scheduled to return home with the Hearns on Friday.
Look out Cadence. Lucy has had plenty of time to plan a little revenge.
About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,700 people including more than 450 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care. The company is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship programs. BluePearl also participates in clinical trials that investigate the effectiveness of new veterinary drugs and treatments, providing pet families access to cutting-edge medicine that is not yet commercially available. BluePearl is headquartered in Tampa, Fla.