Cats and Broken Bones in Toronto
Despite the old adage, cats don’t always land on their feet. A broken bone in your feline can be caused by a collision with a car, an alleyway brawl or an acrobatic act gone awry. Whatever the cause, when your cat is injured, what often follows is disorientation and uncertainty. Knowing what to do and the appropriate steps to take can make both you and your cat more comfortable. Here then are some tips from the team at Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic.
Approach You Cat with Caution
No matter how docile your cat normally is, when felines are injured their natural instinct is to bite and scratch. In the confusing haziness of pain, he or she might not recognize friend from foe, and lash out at everyone, including you. Therefore, it’s best to approach your cat cautiously.
Assess the Injury
Examine the impacted area and evaluate the wound. If there’s bone sticking out of the injury, try to wrap it up with gauze or a clean cloth. If you see no bone protruding, just leave it as is. Do your best to avoid disturbing the wound. Secure your cat in a clean towel and place him or her in a carrier cage. The idea is to limit movement and avoid exacerbating the injury, and also to prepare your feline for transport to your Toronto animal clinic. Because there may be internal damage that you can’t see, the sooner you can get your cat to the veterinarian, the better.
At the Vet
When you bring your feline to our cat clinic in Toronto, you’ll be asked to report all symptoms. The more information the veterinarian has about your feline’s current condition, the easier it will be to assess and treat your feline friend. Medication will be given for pain management and then X-rays will be taken to analyze the fracture.
There are a number of factors that come into play when a veterinarian prescribes a treatment. Sometimes a splint or cast is all that’s required, but more often than not surgery is needed to aid in the proper healing of the broken bone. Depending on the break, surgery may entail the use of pins, screws, wire, or a plate.
The most difficult thing about caring for cats after they break a bone is that you have to prevent them from aggravating the injury. This means limiting their movements, and especially preventing them from jumping. Bandages also need to be kept secured and dry.
In most cases, the bone will be healed within four to six weeks. Follow up x-rays are generally taken to ensure adequate healing of the fracture.
A Cat Clinic That Cares
Our compassionate veterinarians have been helping cats in Toronto and Scarborough mend bones for over twenty years. When your cat is injured, we’re here to help. Contact us to schedule an appointment or with any questions.