Thanks to the Brampton Animal Shelter’s Hope Fund, Snelgrove Veterinary Services has had the opportunity to aid in the healing of this fabulous cat!
This is Girlie, for lack of a better name. (we didn’t want to get to attached being unsure of the outcome)
She was found by the Brampton Animal Shelter on February 27th basically freezing to death. She was severely dehydrated, emaciated, had an upper respiratory infection, bladder infection and severe frostbite had affected her ears, tail, both hind legs and the pads of all four feet.
Here is her story:
Girlie was found late on a Thursday evening on a freezing cold February day. The people who found her contacted the Brampton Animal Shelter, who immediately brought her to a local veterinary hospital. There they proceeded to make her comfortable, started intravenous fluids, pain medication and antibiotics. Her wounds were bandaged and treated. She was then transferred to us at Snelgrove Veterinary Services for surgical and continued care. Her first surgery involved removing the dead tips of her ears, amputating her tail and removing the dead skin from the back of her ankles. Therapeutic laser was applied and the hope was that removing the skin would help for new skin to grow over the area.
4 days later she required another surgery on her ankles. The skin was continuing to die. The frostbite was worse than initially anticipated. The hope was still that fresh skin would start to grow over the area. Both hind legs continued to be lasered, wrapped down to her toes and changed daily to encourage healing. Unfortunately, this area does not have much loose skin to just stitch the area.
The ears, tail and pads of her feet healed beautifully but her ankles would not heal. Her upper respiratory infection cleared up and her bladder infection was gone. But, there was bone exposure on both hind ankles and she continued to be on pain medication and antibiotics.
Costs continued to climb for this poor girl and at this point we decided to take over her care. All of the staff had grown extremely attached to her.
As the weeks went on we realized this may never heal on its own. After much discussion with our staff and the Brampton Animal Shelter (they wanted to be kept informed), we decided to try to stitch the areas closed. We jointly decided to try one leg first. Not having much skin to work with, we knew this may not work and the area could possibly just open up again. Then we would have a tough decision to make. We decided to try the worst leg first and then if necessary amputate the leg as a last resort and pray that the better of the two legs would heal on its own.
Surgical correction proved difficult to do with not nearly enough healthy skin to cover the area. Incisions had to be made around the entire leg to help the skin stretch to close. Her leg was then wrapped in a bandage that made her leg completely immobile while her other leg was still wrapped in a regular bandage.
We continued to change both bandages regularly and amazingly the area held closed. After 10 days we removed the sutures and prayed that it would stay closed. We kept the leg bandaged for a few more days and then completely removed it. Her leg looked great. We now decided to proceed with the other leg.
Surgical correction of the other leg was performed in the same method as the first but unfortunately it didn’t heal as well. The sutures did not hold and the area opened up again but at least smaller than it was prior. We continued to treat this leg supportively and continued to use the therapeutic laser on the area and eventually it has now healed too.
4 surgeries and 3 months later, she is fully healed and ready for adoption!!
Girlie has an absolutely amazing personality. Throughout all of her procedures and at approximately one hundred bandage changes she has stayed happy and friendly. She has been an utterly incredible patient. She loves belly rubs and wants lots of attention. She has learned to play and just enjoy life.
If you are interested in adopting Girlie, all that we ask, is that under no circumstances does she ever go outdoors again! We want her to have a loving home that will provide her with quality veterinary care, healthy food and most importantly all the love she deserves. This cat should never go without again. She deserves the best that life can provide her after all she has gone through.
Applicants who feel they may be the right home for her, please contact us at Snelgrove Veterinary Services at 905-846-3316 and discuss it with one of our staff members. Donations to the Brampton Animal Shelter’s Hope Fund would be greatly appreciated so that they can continue doing all that they can for our local strays.
Thank you for reading this blog and please help us find Girlie a forever, loving home.