Disease

June 2017 Issue

A Rare Polyp Impedes Breathing

Simple surgery can remove it from the throat or ear canal to change cats into ‘happy kitties’

If your cat has difficulty swallowing, shakes his head, sneezes and breathes noisily as if hacking or snoring, you could dismiss the behavior as fleeting. But while you might think the cause will clear up on its own, the problem may be a nasopharyngeal polyp — an uncommon, noncancerous bump at the very back of the throat or in the ear canal that must be removed through a fairly simple surgery. …

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