Cats have a reputation for being agile, but some felines sustain broken bones during their acrobatic feats. Car accidents, run-ins with other animals, or falls from great heights can result in your feline companion breaking a bone or two. While some patients can heal adequately with closed reduction of the fracture, a cast or splint, and pain management, others require orthopedic surgery. Because the femur (or thigh bone) is challenging to immobilize externally, many patients with femur fractures must undergo surgical intervention. In this blog, we discuss feline femur fractures and orthopedic surgery for cats.
Signs of a Femur Fracture
There are a few clear signs that can indicate a broken bone. Lameness, limping, or a visibly out of place or misshapen limb are some of the most visible signs. Bleeding, bruising, or swelling may also be present. Femur fractures can be incredibly painful, so guardians should also look for howling, crying, growling, and moaning. Detecting health problems in feline companions can sometimes be tricky; cats may hide when injured. Guardians should be on the lookout for unusual hiding behavior from their companions, as well as signs of shock: rapid breathing or heartbeat, pale gums, dilated pupils, and a weak pulse.
When is Orthopedic Surgery for Cats Necessary?
Your companion’s veterinary care team will perform a few diagnostic tests to determine the extent and location of their injuries. Radiographs and physical examinations are common when a fracture is suspected, and your care team may also perform blood tests or chest X-rays to detect organ trauma or shock. If a femur fracture is found, your companion’s injury may require surgical stabilization. This typically involves anesthesia, treatment of nearby soft tissue injuries, and the installation of medical implants to stabilize the bone.
Recovery and Home Care
Orthopedic surgery for cats requires an attentive guardian and structured recovery. Pain management medication, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatories may be necessary, and strict rest is often recommended. Dressings and bandages must be kept clean and changed as directed, and guardians should follow all guidelines for splints and casts. Some felines may benefit from physical therapy, and open dialogue between guardians and veterinary professionals is incredibly valuable during recovery.
Trust Maryland Veterinary Surgical Services With Your Companion’s Health
Your companion’s health is important, and the team at MVSS is ready to provide the best care possible for your furry family. We are dedicated to combining comprehensive exams and assessments with informative and honest discussions of your companion’s care. Once we have worked with you to decide on the best course of action for your dog, our professionals will use their surgical expertise to work towards the goal of giving your companion an active and pain-free life. We are proud to serve loyal companions in Catonsville and Baltimore. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 410-788-4088 or visit us online. For more information and tips for pet health, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.