For today’s patient story, we introduce the awesome Blossom!
Blossom first came to VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists for an appointment with cardiologist Dr. Justin Williams in mid-July. Blossom was referred to VCA SFVS by Dr. Dana Thistlethwaite at Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital, who had seen Blossom for heavy breathing.
Blossom tested positive for heartworm during her visit with Dr. Williams, and he began treating her. She came in to our emergency services department in mid-August in respiratory distress, and was seen by Dr. Tom McEntegart. Blossom’s respiratory problems were caused by thromboembolism, which was likely secondary to the heartworm infection. After further treatment by Dr. Williams and Dr. Alan Stewart, and some “tech time” with Benjamin, we are happy to report that Blossom is doing very well at home now.
Human companion Debbie writes:
“Blossom is such a special girl, and it is a joy to share her story with others. I adopted Blossom at a low time in my life, and knew a new member of the family would brighten our days. She is very petite, so I wanted to give her a fitting name, Blossom. Her name also signifies new life, as I was trying to move on in mine, just as a flower blossom begins to grow.
“She is a very loving kitty, who quickly adapted to life with me and her 110-pound big brother, Kuma. Kuma, an Alaskan Malamute, has a very special spirit, and is gentle and kind with his little sister. In the three short months Blossom has been a part of our lives, she has brought us much joy. She loves to eat, and is normally a very quiet kitty, but meows quite loud when she knows it is meal time! She loves to be petted and scratched, have her head rubbed, and be brushed. Her favorite places are on one of her cat trees so she can look out the window, or sleeping in the linen closet on a comfy fleece blanket.
“When Blossom was first diagnosed about a month ago, I kept asking myself why, out of all the cats at the Humane Society, I had to pick the one that I would later discover had heartworm. I felt I had been dealt a bad deal. My thinking is much different now. I feel that Blossom is a gift, and was meant to be with me, so that I could take care of her, love her, and give her the best possible life. In return, she has loved and taken care of me.”