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Geoffrey is one of eight cats that Dr. Sackman took in to rehabilitate and adopt to a new home.  Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that Geoffrey had an underlying medical condition.  Geoffrey is smaller than the other cats (some who are presumed to be his littermates) and not as active.  Geoffrey also has an increased resting respiratory rate and has bouts of respiratory distress and exercise intolerance when he is overly active or stressed.  After a thorough examination Geoffrey had a set of radiographs (x-rays) taken that revealed his problem.  Geoffrey has a diaphragmatic hernia (a hole in the muscle that separates the chest and abdomen that allows his abdominal organs to infiltrate the space his heart and lungs should occupy).  Geoffrey will be taken to VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital to undergo the surgical correction of the hole in his diaphragm.  We are hoping that Geoffrey will tolerate the anesthesia well and have no further complications found during his procedure.  If surgery is successful Geoffrey will have a long recovery ahead of him.  We will keep you posted on Geoffrey's progress on this page and on our Facebook page.  If you would like to contribute to "Geoffrey's Angel Fund" please stop by our office or click the PayPal link below.  Thank you for all of your love and concern!
This is an x-ray of Geoffrey laying on his right side.  Normally you should be able to visualize his heart and black space surrounding it (the air in his lungs).  Due to the hole in his diaphragm other internal organs are surrounding his heart and taking up his lung space.
10/17/2017 Update: Geoffrey is fasted and ready for his journey to Downer's Grove where he will have his surgical consult and be admitted to the hospital for corrective surgery.  We are all sending Geoffrey good vibes and love this morning.  We will keep you updated as we know more.
Geoffrey on his way to VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital 10/17/2017
Geoffrey home and recovering.  Still full of purrs and love!  That's a big scar!
10/20/2017 Geoffrey's surgery was a success!  Dr. Turner said that he had one of the worst diaphragmatic hernias that he had seen and that this was more likely due to a trauma when he was younger than a congenital problem.  Geoffrey had two hernias (one allowing his liver and spleen to infiltrate his lung space and the other allowing the stomach and intestines to pass through).  Geoffrey had two collapsed lung lobes that reinflated well and he did excellent in recovery.  Throughout the surgery and recovery Geoffrey remained a loving purr-monster.  He came home from the hospital on 10/19/2017, in the evening and will remain at Dr. Sackman's home until his sutures are removed and he can become more active.  Right now he is feeling so much better and is the most playful we have seen.  He is breathing very well and his appetite is better than ever.  We cannot wait to watch him grow and flourish!
Geoffrey Officially Moved In Today!
Geoffrey Got His Sutures Removed Today!  He Can't Wait For His Hair To Grow Back!
Geoffrey on 10/12/2017 
Geoffrey on 10/31/2017  ALL BETTER!  :)

10/31/2017 Update:  Happy Halloween!!!  Geoffrey officially moved in at the clinic today.  It will still be a while before he is fully introduced to Navy and Piper, but he is excited to begin his journey as a clinic cat.  Sutures are out and Geoffrey is feeling GREAT!  Thank you for all of your love, care, and support!