A cat needed an emergency eye operation at a leading West Midlands animal hospital after coming off second best in a street fight.

The cat, called Loki, underwent urgent surgery at Linnaeus-owned Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, in Solihull, to repair a cut to the front of his eye and remove a cataract.

Loki was at high risk of developing an infection following the attack but thanks to the intervention of Willows ophthalmology resident, Alberto Palella Gomez, he has subsequently made a good recovery.

Alberto said: “Loki was referred to Willows’ ophthalmology department a day after suffering an injury to his left eye.

“He had traumatic injuries to his cornea and lens which looked to have been caused by a cat scratch while he had been out exploring.

“He needed emergency surgery to repair his corneal laceration and to remove the traumatic cataract, as there was a high risk of infection following on from the injury.

“Loki recovered very well and at his last recheck, a month and a half after surgery, his left eye was comfortable with no signs of inflammation or infection, and the owner reported that his cat’s vision was excellent.”

Loki will still require follow-up appointments every six to twelve months to make sure his left eye does not develop any complications in the long term.

“It is a fantastic outcome for him but we’re all hoping that, from now on, Loki will be extra careful while he’s out on his adventures,” added Alberto.

Willows offers specialist services in anaesthesia and analgesia, chronic pain management, cardiology, clinical nutrition, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, physiotherapy, soft tissue surgery and spinal surgery.

To find out more about Willows’ wide range of specialist services, visit www.willows.uk.net or search for Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service on Facebook.

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