Recently, through Phinney’s Coronavirus Pet Emergency Fund, we were able to help a pet parent who was working two jobs to support himself and his cat Timber*, age 7, who had been rescued from the streets as a kitten and has lived with his cat dad ever since.
Over the past year, Timber had developed intermittent front-leg lameness, which got worse. Walking on three legs and holding his lame leg up, Timber would twitch and, after evaluating him, the veterinarian, recommended amputation to improve Timber’s quality of life.
Phinney’s was able to provide the financial help for Timber’s surgery—and we’re happy to report that Timber did great with his surgery! His dad reported that post-op he was wide awake and was able to walk on his three remaining legs. It was advised that Timber stay in a small, quiet room for a few days while he recovered, and his dad tells us his appetite has been good and that he’s been “cuddling up,” too. We’re so happy for you Timber!
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it has been a trying time for so many pet parents and their pets. We are so thankful we have been able to apply donations received to the Coronavirus Pet Emergency Fund. Did you know, too, that Phinney’s manages other targeted funds, which are endowed by people or groups interested in supporting people experiencing pet-related challenges in Massachusetts? More information about these funds can be found at phinneys.org/about-us, and you when you donate you can leave a message letting us know which fund you would like to support.
*This cat’s name has been changed to Timber to protect his person’s privacy.
Consider Aftercare & Outcomes
The decision to amputate a pet’s limb(s) understandably can be a tough one for a pet parent to make. They may be wondering why such a drastic measure may be recommended, so it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced veterinarian about the reason for their opinion.
According to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), it also can be important to consider the age and overall health of the pet. Some of the most common causes for amputation in pets include severe trauma, birth defects, and forms of cancer, such as neoplasia, ACVS notes.
It’s a good idea, too, to ask the vet what type of aftercare and outcomes to expect as well as potential complications that may arise from the surgery.