Two Fractures, One Leg

A handsome cat, who came to be described as “aggressively affectionate,” was brought to the San Jose animal shelter with a concern about one of his hind legs. He was reportedly not using one of them.

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Upon arrival at the shelter, the cat was examined by the veterinary team.

The shelter’s veterinary team examined the handsome cat and tentatively diagnosed him with a femur fracture near his knee on his right hind leg. X-rays confirmed the fracture, but they also revealed a second fracture at his right hip joint. The head of the femur had been severed off.

Two Fractures One Leg Hind Limp Amputation Coxofemoral Disarticulation Limb

X-rays revealed not one fracture, but two! One is by the knee and one is by the hip.

The cat was immediately started on strong pain medications and monitored over the next few days while waiting for his owners to show up and reclaim him.

No one came. No one was interested in rescuing the handsome cat either. The shelter was once again faced with the issue of whether to euthanize the cat or amputate his leg. The veterinary team chose to amputate.

Two Fractures One Leg Hind Limp Amputation Coxofemoral Disarticulation Limb

The veterinary team takes pain control very seriously. They want their patients to be as comfortable as possible.

Taking the cat to surgery, the heavy pain medications were continued as the medical team wanted to make sure the cat was as comfortable as possible both during and after the procedure.

Two Fractures One Leg Hind Limp Amputation Coxofemoral Disarticulation Limb

The leg and the fractured femoral head once removed.

Waking up, he was feeling a little groggy.

Two Fractures One Leg Hind Limp Amputation Coxofemoral Disarticulation Limb

Waking up from anesthesia, feeling a little groggy.

However, he quickly regained composure and started looking more like himself.

Two Fractures One Leg Hind Limp Amputation Coxofemoral Disarticulation Limb

After surgery, watching the veterinary team work while relaxing on a warm bed.

After spending the night on IV pain medications at the home of Dr. Ostermann, the handsome cat returned to the shelter to continue his recovery from surgery.

After a week or so, his incision had healed enough that he was looking ready to head up to the adoption gallery, where he quickly found a forever home.

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After surgery, relaxing in a kennel.

 

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  1. God Bless you all for helping his creatures. I enjoy seeing the animals get better with your loving care. Happy New Year!

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