St. Charles Animal Hospital

11685 Doolittle Drive
Waldorf, MD 20602


Interesting Cases


Case 1 - "Call the Exterminator!"

This is a great case. A young cat came to the hospital with a history of vomiting. The cat could not hold anything down. 

Initial X-Rays showed something in the stomach, but we could not determine what it was. The owner told us that she had seen the cat chewing on a cloth mouse and has not seen the mouse recently. 

We decided to do a Gastroscopy procedure, where we put a long thin scope with a color camera down into the stomach.   Once the scope was in the stomach, this toy was easily spotted.  We then passed a very thin "grabber" down the scope, grabbed the toy, and pulled it out. 

This cat was able to avoid surgery since we had this special instrumentation.


Press "Play" on the screen to the right.  (Turn on sound).

Call The Exterminator 

Case 2 - "Alien Invasion"

The cat pictured below came into the hospital with a "wound" on the neck. Once the area was clipped and cleaned, it became obvious to us that there was a little critter living inside this cat!  After giving the cat a little shot of local anesthetic, we enlarged the small hole and invited the critter to come out!

This is a larva from the Rodent
Bot Fly called Cuterebra


Case 3 - "Battle of the Bulge"

The next case is an older dog that was presented to us for a routine physical examination.  When I felt her belly, I noticed a lump about 5 inches in diameter, probably on her spleen.  We scheduled the dog for surgery and it is a good thing that we did, because the mass was on the spleen and it had already ruptured. Below are photos of what we removed and the nifty device that we used to do the surgery.

This is the entire spleen with the mass attached.

This is a close up of the mass with the crack where it was actively bleeding.

The instrument that we used to remove the spleen is a Harmonic Scalpel. There are no sutures, no clips, and no bleeding!