This is Ralph
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THIS IS RALPH
Ralph was found wandering around an apartment complex. He is a male domestic short-haired cat, about three years old. Ralph’s new family had been feeding him and wanted to bring him inside their home, but they could not afford to get him neutered. They found out about SNAP and took him to our San Antonio clinic for his neuter.
At SNAP the team noticed his right eye had some crusting, and he was diagnosed with entropion. Entropion is a genetic condition where the eyelids curl in causing the eye lashes to rub on the cornea. It’s like always having an eyelash in your eye; it’s very painful and eventually causes corneal ulceration. Ralph already had some corneal inflammation in his right eye. Dr Lawler, SNAP’s Executive Director and Surgeon discussed the condition with Ralph’s new family and explained the need for surgery. One of the family members expressed her concern for helping Ralph but admitted that she would not have the funding to take him to a full-service clinic to get the costly entropion repaired. Dr. Lawler agreed to perform the surgery to repair the entropion to allow Ralph to live his best possible life. Though the right eye was the immediate concern, Ralph also had mild entropion in the left eye, which would have become a problem in the future if not repaired. Dr. Lawler removed a small amount of tissue from the lower lid of each eye, and then sutured the skin closed. This procedure caused the eyelid edge to roll out to the correct position and gave Ralph immediate relief in his eye.
Ralph’s family was grateful because it enabled them to help their kitty. Now that Ralph is neutered, he happily lives inside a home without spraying and leaving male cat urine odor in his family’s apartment.
UPDATE: Ralph’s mom said he’s doing great, and is even more cuddly.
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