Successful Surgery For One Cat
Gainesville, Florida -- Doctors at U.F.'s Veterinary Hospital say a surgery they performed Wednesday morning is a first.
Darryl the cat is fostered by Dr. Julie Levy.
When she adopted the cat, he had a large hole between the hard palate of his mouth and his nasal cavity, making it difficult for Darryl to eat.
This summer a cast of the cat's mouth was made and then a custom acrylic appliance was crafted to cover the roof of his mouth.
This eliminated a feeding tube, and made it possible for Darryl to eat and drink.
Darryl was finally fitted with a permanent metal prosthesis by U.F. Health Dental Surgeon and Prosthodontist Dr. Fong Wong during surgery Wednesday.
This is a first because a procedure like this one is not routinely done on animals.
Darryl went home Wednesday with Dr. Levy.
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