Laser Therapy for Amelio

October 6, 2013Surgery, Wellness News
Author: David S. Thomson DVM

Amelio, a sweet male Ragdoll cat, was born with everything going against him — a congenital malformation of his spine that rendered the rear half of his body non-functional. He has no use of his rear legs, and he is unable to defecate or urinate on his own.

Lucky little Amelio found a good friend in Judy Scherer, who took him under her wing. For the past six years, Judy has been expressing Amelio’s bladder and helping him pass stool from his colon three times a day. Other than that, Judy treats him like a normal little cat.

Recently Amelio’s anus became more and more constricted. Inflammation and scarring had narrowed his anal opening down to a pinhole. Judy brought him to Riverbend, where we sedated the kitty and stretched his anus back to its normal width.

Amelio did well for two weeks; then the anal tissue began to stricture once again. So we repeated the sedation and stretching. This time, however, we followed with laser therapy treatments. Twice a week for the past three weeks, our physical rehabilitation nurse, Melinda Harris, has treated Amelio’s anal region with our therapeutic laser.

What a difference the laser treatments made! At a recheck last week, the anal tissue was smooth and healthy, and the anal opening had remained wide. We are all thrilled. Most importantly, Amelio appears happy too.

“Barney could not have had better care or felt more love than he did with his visits to see his friends at Riverbend. He always got the royal treatment!”

Candy and Jim, Springfield

“Thanks so much for taking such great care of Bearcat when he had his teeth out. He is now back to his high-jumping sweet self.”

Margot and Bri, Northampton

“The good folks at Riverbend get all the stars! We can’t thank them enough for their expertise, care and kindness.”

Heather and Jessica, South Hadley

Magic could hardly wait to burst through the door to see you…a true testament to the kindness and care she got at Riverbend. Thank you for being such an amazing bunch…to Magic and to me.

Bobby D, Northampton

“We are so grateful for all of the hard work you do! Thanks so much for being the best!”

Pete and Luke, Greenfield