From the x-rays it was very clear that "Charlie"
had in fact been shot with an airgun and the pellet had
broken his fibular bone. The reason for his discomfort was
all too evident. The pellet had passed through his leg and
was situated below the skin on the inside of his shin bone.
A small surgical procedure was performed to remove the pellet
and poor "Charlie" was treated with painkillers
and antibiotics. Fortunately, since the main supporting
bone in the lower limb, (the tibia), was fine no further
support was necessary. The tibia acts as a natural splint
allowing the broken fibula to heal.
Currently, "Charlie" is doing exceptionally well
and will make a complete recovery. Sadly that is not always
the case as over the years I have seen quite a number of
unfortunate cats who have been maimed or even killed in
this cruel manner. Unfortunately, the "season of goodwill"
does not encompass everyone!
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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