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kitten has two legs broken - Answered by Dr. Slome

Vas
July 2nd, 2006, 02:40 AM
My mother's kitten jumped out of a window (third floor) when trying to catch a butterfly and broke two legs : the front leg and the rear one. Right now I'm not in Canada, and where I am there are no pet emergencies. Sundays everyone is closed. How can I help the poor kitten?

Tomorrow we'll take the kitten to the vet and try to have X-rays done (if it is possible). I really hope the kitten will be able to walk again...

Vas
July 2nd, 2006, 02:51 AM
here is a picture of our kitten. I don't know if we did it right, but we tried to strengthen the leg with a paper and some sticks so it won't move. We couldn't find the place where the rear leg is broken.

chico2
July 2nd, 2006, 06:08 AM
OH no,what a terrible situation to be in for this poor beautiful kitten,he of course needed to see a vet yesterday.
If no vet,is there not an animal-shelter that could help him,at least until the vet opens??
I don't know how to treat broken bones,other than an emergency-clinic,but I think you are doing the right thing bandaging it:confused:

CyberKitten
July 2nd, 2006, 12:14 PM
OMG and she is a Siamese!! Isn't there a wonderful vet clinic in Mtl open 24 hrs- I have seen it mentioned here. I'll do a search!!!

CyberKitten
July 2nd, 2006, 12:18 PM
Someone from Mtl must know - where is Lucky Rescue?

There is this one - DMV
24/7 Emergency Veterinary Clinic
2300 54e Avenue
Lachine, QC
next to Pierre Elliott-Trudeau Airport (Dorval)
Tel: 514-633-8888
1-800-463-8555

I know what to do with people fractures but my suggestion f you can't get to a vet till morning is:

Keep her calm so she does not scratch or bite- she will be very scared!

Gently lay the kitty on a board, wooden door, whatever, padded with blankets or towels.
Secure her to the support.
Do not attempt to set the fracture.
If a limb is broken, wrap it in cotton padding, then wrap it again with a magazine, rolled newspaper or a towel and two sticks. The splint should extend one joint above the fracture and one joint below. Secure it with tape and make sure blood flow is not constricted.


You really need to know if the leg is broken first before doing anything but splints would be better. But get her to a vet asap!!

I hppe she'll be OK. She is young so fast action should help her.

raingirl
July 2nd, 2006, 12:39 PM
I think Vas is from Montreal, but she is not in Montreal right now (I assume from the post she is visiting her mother, somewhere not in Canada).

I wish I could offer advice. All i know is to splint it, but not too tight. enough for the blood to flow freely, but to limit movement until it heals.

Vas
July 2nd, 2006, 01:30 PM
Thank you very much!

Raingirl is right, I'm visiting my mother in Lithuania. Sadly, here are no animal shelters which can help and no working veterinary clinics on weekends. We tried to call many, no response.

We did as someone suggested: we laid the kitten in a box padded with blankets and towels so we can move her from one place to another without touching the kitten. Surprisingly she is very calm. It is a very gentle kitten, even in pain she would never scratch or bite.

One in a while she tries to get out of the box because she needs to go to the litter box. So we put her gently in the litter still holding in our hands so she will not fall. And then, she even tries to cover sand with her broken leg in pain!

Tomorrow morning we are taking the kitten to the clinic. Kitten is only 1 year old, so hopefuly it will recover as soon as possible.

glasslass
July 2nd, 2006, 02:15 PM
Sometimes, human doctors can be persuaded to help, if they are animal lovers. Possibly could put in a call to an animal clinic that can give information regarding pain medication and dosage requirements. Just a thought. When Corky was 9-10 months old, he jumped from my mom's arms and broke both bones in his front leg. I'll never forget his screaming & crying in pain. It was a Sunday night. The emergency clinic wrapped the leg to stabilize it and gave him an injection for pain and additional pills to keep him comfortable through the night. In the morning, we took him to our regular vet where they did surgery to insert a pin and to put a regular cast on his leg. Because he was still growing, they put him under anesthia twice during the next 8 weeks to Xray and change his cast. Today, 3 yrs later, he doesn't have even a limp. Dogs and cats are remarkable in how rapidly they recover and adapt. I hope this information will help somewhat. Wishing the best for your kitten.

CyberKitten
July 2nd, 2006, 02:56 PM
I agree- I wish I was closer. <g> Call the Mtl Children's hospital and see if anyone there can help you.... or the Jewish General or St. Justine's.... or a walk in clinic.... My sister lives on the west island but she is in the Maritimes at the moment. (and she is a lawyer not a doc) but I would try pediatricians first. (Call me biased.... but we are used to treating little ones!)

Puppyluv
July 2nd, 2006, 03:32 PM
I agree- I wish I was closer. <g> Call the Mtl Children's hospital and see if anyone there can help you.... or the Jewish General or St. Justine's.... or a walk in clinic.... My sister lives on the west island but she is in the Maritimes at the moment. (and she is a lawyer not a doc) but I would try pediatricians first. (Call me biased.... but we are used to treating little ones!)
CK- read the posts! she is in Lithuania right now. There is not much the Mtl hospitals can do for her.

Prin
July 2nd, 2006, 04:58 PM
lol :D

Maybe the human hospitals over there can help?

Just so people know, the DMV is the 24 hour vet here in MTL. They have so many specialists there, with state of the art equipment, but they're a bit expensive.:eek:

Puppyluv
July 2nd, 2006, 05:13 PM
And unless they deem it an absolute emergency, they won't provide a pet ambulance, even if you offer your house to pay for it.

CyberKitten
July 2nd, 2006, 06:08 PM
Ohhhh, duh!!!! Why did I think she was in Mtl???? Good grief!! (It says Mtl tho????):confused:

My advice re the care remains the same but there ARE pediatricians there - and human docs who may help. When I was with Docs without Borders, we would help pets. (in the unlikely event one made it to a refugee camp)!!

Prin
July 2nd, 2006, 08:22 PM
Ohhhh, duh!!!! Why did I think she was in Mtl???? Good grief!! (It says Mtl tho????):confused:
It says montreal, but Vas said this:
Right now I'm not in Canada, and where I am there are no pet emergencies.
And this:
Raingirl is right, I'm visiting my mother in Lithuania.
So I think it's safe to say that even though Montreal might be the place of permanent residence, the OP is not there.:D ;)

CyberKitten
July 2nd, 2006, 10:08 PM
Thx Prin, by George I do believe I have it now - I read right past that - skimming again, lol Was trying to think of that place in Mtl when I saw the Mtl notice. Oh well --- I am tired!! Long weekend. Can I blame it on the chemo? Nahhhhhh - I am just not with it today, lol

Vas
July 3rd, 2006, 06:08 AM
Here is the photo of the X-rays we did today. Apparently there is only one leg broken. The operation will be done today. I'm relieved.

chico2
July 3rd, 2006, 07:22 AM
Vas,thank's for giving us an update.
It must be a great relief both for the kitten and you,to finally get him to a vet:thumbs up

CyberKitten
July 3rd, 2006, 11:01 AM
Thx for the update and sorry I was confused about your location!! Forgive my forgetfulness!!! I am glad the kitty has seen a vet and will get treatment - I hope all goes well. That's great (tho I am sure kitty won't be too happy for a bit but he should be fine.) He looks a little like my YY so I am partial, :) Good luck!!!!

Prin
July 3rd, 2006, 11:02 AM
ooo poor kitty! I'm glad you got in today though.:) Good luck!

mona_b
July 4th, 2006, 04:33 AM
Vas,I am so glad to hear that your Mamytes(Mom in Lithuanian..:D ) kitty will be ok.

Off topic but,how is Lithuania?My parents are from there and I have an Aunt and cousins there.....:) :)

Vas
July 4th, 2006, 09:58 AM
Vas,I am so glad to hear that your Mamytes(Mom in Lithuanian..:D ) kitty will be ok.

Off topic but,how is Lithuania?My parents are from there and I have an Aunt and cousins there.....:) :)

Labas!

Well, it's very hot right now, but I enjoy the beach in Palanga. :)
It's been 4 years in Canada, but I have never met any Lithuanian there so far! Nice to meet you!

The operation for the kitten was a difficult one: the joint was broken into pieces and the vet spent 2 hours collecting them into their place. It's a good sign that our kitty got back her appetite and even tried to use her leg. Now she needs a lots of care and caution and she should be ok.

glasslass
July 4th, 2006, 02:25 PM
More pictures! Glad the little one is doing well. Give her a scratch under her chin for me.:love:

Vas
July 4th, 2006, 03:15 PM
Kitty is becoming naughty and wants to move a lot! So I had to limit her space in order to protect her leg. It's not good if she's trying to walk too much.

Here is a picture after operation.

chico2
July 4th, 2006, 03:34 PM
Awww,she is beautiful:love:
A friend of mine is Lithuanian/Swedish and goes to Lithuania almost every year,but she grew up in Sweden,now living in Canada.

cpietra16
July 4th, 2006, 03:44 PM
:D I'm glad to see your kitty is doing well. I am now in Toronto for a conference and just met a girl from Luthuania....just thought I should add that , since I rarely meet anyone from there:D

glasslass
July 4th, 2006, 06:00 PM
Oh wow!:eek: They shaved her whole leg! She's a beautiful kitty. It'll grow back. Does she have to remain confined to discouragement too much movement or will she be put in a cast to imobilize it?

mona_b
July 4th, 2006, 06:39 PM
Awwwww,poor kitty....I'm sure she will be ok.:)

What's her name?..She is a beauty.;)


Nice to meet you.

Maybe one day I'll visit my relatives there.:)

We should start a thread on Lithuania............:D

And man do we make good food....;)

Prin
July 4th, 2006, 11:24 PM
She doesn't have a cast?

Good luck for a speedy recovery.:)

OntarioGreys
July 5th, 2006, 12:57 AM
Glad to see she is doing well , and looking

She doesn't have a cast?


Not when it is surgerical like this, the air has to get at it and it need to drain,

the bones are held together with pins


I hope your kitty has more 8 more lives after the surgery and sure glad one leg, I know the price tag is pretty hefty. she is a pretty lucky kitty to have a mom like you ;)

Vas
July 5th, 2006, 02:30 AM
I confine the kitty only to discourage too much movement for a while to help the heeling.
OntarioGreys is right: the bones are held together with pins and therefore no cast is needed. With pins it heels much faster.

We call our kitty Kulka or in english Bullet, because she's very fast and used to run like a bullet from one room to another.:)

petdr
July 18th, 2006, 10:08 AM
Fortunately the powers that be are usually very kind and I have even seen some bones healing without any intervention more in the 3rd world but also in1st world countries. I have personally been forced to try this here in Canada based on my past experiences, where I had to let a puppy’s back leg heal after a complete fracture, with painkillers and time only. This dog is still alive and walking fine as a 4 year old Pitbull and you would never say anything happened to it ever.

Unfortunately the owners could not afford surgery and they tried based on my past experiences to let nature takes it course and we were just very lucky. I am not suggesting that we do nothing with your kitten, I am just suggesting that many times the body is kind. Bandaging it is usually rec. for stability and it looks quite well bandaged.

After xrays, it can be determined if surgery is needed and this is still usually the best means of treatment in most fractures but all depends on how bad and how many places the bones are broken. The best you can do is provide TLC and bring food to the kitten and try and rest it as much as possible. There are not many human painkillers that can safely be used on cats so try and avoid them. Some eg. Tylenol products can cause a fatal anemia.

I hope by the time you get this reply, you will have managed to find proper veterinary care and the prognosis for the kitten hopefully will be favourable. Healing is usually much faster in a kittens than adults.


Martin Slome DVM

Centre Street Animal Hospital
7700 Bathurst Street Units 40-42
Thornhill, Ont.
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