In order to investigate the reason for Bullet’s lameness, he was admitted to hospital for radiographs of his pelvis and both hind limbs. For the safety of our patients and staff, sedation or general anaesthesia is often required for radiographs to be taken. This helps reduce movement to prevent blurry X-rays and allows efficient positioning of the patient for good pictures to be taken. As suspected, the X-rays revealed that Bullet had suffered a complete fracture to the proximal third of his left femur. This can be caused by blunt force trauma, which in cats often occurs after being hit by a moving vehicle, falling from a great height or being attacked by another animal. Chest and abdominal radiographs were also taken to rule out any bleeding or bruising within the lungs and abdomen – thankfully, no serious abnormalities were found.
Bullet was an absolute trooper before and after his procedure. His mum reported that he was very comfortable at home and was already starting to learn how to walk on three legs a week after surgery. Bullet returned 2 weeks after the surgery for his post-operative check and for his sutures to be removed. He received lots of love and cuddles from the staff at Vetwest Carine who were stumped at the progress he had made in such a short time! He was coping so well and exploring the clinic on three legs. Bullet’s family were so appreciative and thankful for everything we had done to help him.