When dealing with multiple injuries and previously unsuccessful
procedures it is important to prioritise and set out a plan
of action. Costs are always a consideration and the risk
of unseen complications can escalate these further.Fortunately,
Tigger's owners understood what had to be done to put Tigger
The first operation involved removing all the implants
that the first vet had used!
Secondly, the crushed pelvis had to be reassembled to reopen
the pelvic inlet and ease Tiger's discomfort.
Thirdly, the ankle had to be reconstructed to allow Tigger
to walk again on this leg. New implants had to be inserted.
Fortunately, for all concerned surgery went extremely well.
The operating theatre can be a very tense environment until
that post op x-ray confirms that everything is in the right
The nursing staff were able to sigh with relief! Tigger's
recovery was slightly longer than anticipated when it became
apparent that he had sustained some nerve damage to his
Two months later, however and Tigger is good as new, testimony
to the fact that young cats' ability to recover from the
most heinous injuries remains something to marvel at each
and every time it occurs!
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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