An elderly dog receives an extreme, life-saving makeover!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Waking up, he was feeling a little groggy.
However, he quickly regained composure and started looking more like himself.
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.