Didder the broken kitty makes a full recovery

Didder, a beautiful 2 year old indoor/outdoor cat, was found limping.

His femur (thigh bone) was absolutely shattered (see preop pictures). How many pieces can you count?

I count at least 15 pieces!

If that wasn’t enough, he also suffered from a fracture of the mandible (lower jaw).

We discussed leg amputation as one possible option. But I thought that we should give Ditter a chance, and try to put this thigh bone back together. And that’s what his owner decided to do. So we took this poor kitty to surgery.

His femur was repaired with a plate, 10 screws, 3 wires and 1 pin (which later had to be removed). To speed up healing, a bone graft was added.

His jaw fracture was wired back together. He had an uneventful surgery and anesthesia. He then had to rest very strictly for 2 months to allow the bones to heal.

Didder’s owner learned from this experience, and wisely decided to keep Didder indoors from now on. Stories like Didder’s are sadly not rare in my practice, and there is no question in my mind that cats are far safer indoors.

Two years after surgery, Didder’s owner writes: (…) “You’d never know anything happened to Didder – which is greater than any outcome we could have imagined the sad night we found him so horribly broken! (…) Our family is grateful that you were able to successfully rebuild our baby boy.”

Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ, Fear Free Certified


Shattered femur causes problems for German Shepherd

Harper vertical cropHarper, a 6 month old female German Shepherd, had a small problem.

Lots of small problems actually.

Her femur, or thigh bone, was shattered. You can see two large pieces at the break, and multiple small pieces in the middle.

I performed a surgical repair at Berks Animal and Emergency Center & Referral Center, using 1 pin, 2 wires, 9 screws, a stainless steel plate, and a bone graft! You can see the fractures and the repairs in the x-ray images below.

After 6 weeks of strict confinement, it was time to play in the snow!

A view of the femur, immediately before surgery.

A view of the femur, immediately before surgery.

Another preop view of the femur.

Another preop view of the femur.

Here is Harper immediately after surgery.

Here is Harper immediately after surgery.

A lateral post-surgical view.

A lateral post-surgical view.

Harper 6 week AP

An x-ray six weeks after surgery.

Six weeks after surgery, Harper's x-rays look much better!

Six weeks after surgery, Harper’s x-rays look much better!