G the cat broke his leg. Not knowing how she would pay for the care G needed, his cat mom, Heather, reached out to Phinney’s for help. We answered the call by covering the costs of G’s medical care to get him on the mend.
X-rays revealed that G had a fractured leg requiring a pin to set the bone. At first, post-surgery, Heather noticed that G wasn’t really himself. She called the vet to explain what was going on—that G had been sleeping a lot since the day of his surgery and wasn’t putting any weight whatsoever on his bad leg.
Well, we’re happy to report that G is doing MUCH better now! Heather reports that he is bearing full weight on his leg now. It turned out that the pin in G’s leg needed a bit of adjustment, and once the vet pulled it back a few centimeters, it made a world of difference for G.
So, while G hit a rough patch in the days immediately following his surgery, he’s back to bouncing all over the place now. He’s even off his pain medications.
We wish G and Heather all the best. Her dedication to G in reaching out for help when G needed it and in following up with the vet when she observed things just weren’t right with him is a testament to the fact that while pets’ bones may break, the love of their people never fractures!
The Breakdown on Broken Bones in Pets
Pets can break bones for many reasons, such as rough play, an accidental fall, severe trauma, like getting hit by a car, or a genetic condition. While an X-ray is generally needed to confirm whether it’s a break, there are some warning signs to watch out for, including limping, refusing to walk, or crying out in pain.
If you suspect that your pet has a broken bone, the first thing to remember is not to panic. Call the vet immediately to explain your pet’s symptoms. They may recommend that you carry the pet if they’re small, or if you have a bigger pet, like a large dog, you may want to make a sling out of a blanket to aid in the carrying process.
A vet can take X-rays to confirm if the pet has a broken bone and can then recommend the best course of treatment. Depending on where the break is and the severity of the break, a number of options may be considered, including setting the bone and putting the pet in a cast or splint, surgically repairing the bone with pins or a plate, or, in severe cases involving a limb, amputation.
After the medical intervention comes the part where pet parents can make a world of difference in their pet’s recovery. This is when you have the opportunity to continually shower them with love by administering any medications they’ve been prescribed to help manage pain, keeping a watchful eye on them to make sure they don’t overdo things and make their injury worse, bite or lick the affected area, and, in some cases, assisting them by carrying them to and from the bathroom so they can do their business. Suffice to say, helping a pet mend a broken bone is a worthwhile labor of love.