Cats are generally active and agile, so, it is not uncommon for it to have broken bones. What cat owners should be aware of is that cats have very high pain tolerance, therefore, there are times that you won’t see any signs of pain in your cat even with a dangling bone. This makes it tricky to diagnose a broken bone in cats.
Signs to Look Out For
Since cats don’t usually show explicit signs, you may notice your cat limping and not able to support its body weight or sometimes the legs will be swollen. Your cat may also show signs of shock – watch out for pale gums, uneven breathing or rapid heartbeat to determine whether you should be worried and take immediate action.
What To Do Next?
Determine the Grade of your cat’s injury. At Grade 1, your cat can still walk, although you may notice it limping and at Grade 2, it may not be able to walk, but it generally looks stable and active. Grade 3 is when there’s bleeding and obvious trauma.
Whichever grade your cat is in, take it to the emergency vet immediately as the doctor can perform X-Ray to determine the severity of the injury. There are many animal clinics that offer emergency services as well as veterinary surgery in big cities such as PJ and Shah Alam as well as smaller townships such as Setiawangsa and Puchong.
What to Expect?
In Emergency Care, the doctor will access the vital organs and parameters including it airway, breathing and circulation. If all the vital signs are stable, the doctor will administer IV drips and prepare for X-Ray examination, where the severity of the breakage is determined. Once the doctor understands the condition, he or she will plan the treatment – it can be bandaging or internal fixation using orthopaedic implants.
At IVET Petcare, interventions for broken bones include external skeletal fixation, IM Pin, Bone Plate & Screws as well as Cerlage Wire. With branches in PJ, Setiawangsa, Shah Alam and Puchong, iVET Petcare is accessible to many neighbourhoods in the Klang Valley.