An elderly dog receives an extreme, life-saving makeover!
A stray cat was brought to the San Jose Animal Care Center over the weekend unable to use his right front leg. Given that it was a weekend, the cat was taken to an emergency clinic for evaluation and treatment before being transferred back to the San Jose shelter on Monday.
Upon arriving back at the shelter, the veterinarians examined the cat who had significant wounds up and down his right front leg. The emergency clinic had placed a drain to allow the wounds to heal and started the cat on medication, and the shelter veterinarians maintained the cat on antibiotics and pain medications to keep him comfortable.
The wounds on the male cat’s leg may have been due to a fight with another cat, a dog or some other animal, though there is no way to be sure. It is common for intact cats to come into the shelter with wounds from fighting, which is also how FIV spreads (through bite wounds). Fortunately, this cat did not test positive for FIV.
After a few days, the drain was removed and the wounds were allowed to continue to heal.
The swelling went down and the wounds granulated in.
Once the wounds were sufficiently healed, the cat was neutered, put up for adoption, and quickly found his forever home.