Foreign bodies that affect airways are a well-recognised problem in small-animal practice. Cats in particular, may be especially at risk of aspiration due to their predatory behaviour. Here, we report a case of an insect as a foreign body, namely a beetle in the tracheal bifurcation of a cat. Radiographs suggested a wide range of possibilities for differential diagnosis, but the presence of a foreign body was initially suspected. A final diagnosis was not pursued by the owner and the cat was euthanised. The presence of a summer chafer was then confirmed. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first time such a foreign body and radiographic findings are reported in the literature.
aspiration; beetle; dyspnoea; summer chafer
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