Broken Toe

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This is Grizz.  He was apparently a stray cat in Brodhead, WI for the last year or more.  A client,
Conni, has been feeding him and trying to get close to him for the past year.  She had noticed
him limping on a back paw several weeks ago and after 2 “almost got him” attempts, finally got
him trapped in a carrier and brought him in to be neutered and checked out.He spent the night at the clinic and rested comfortably.  He was a little nervous, but happy to be petted once we brought him out of his cage in the morning.  He allowed us to draw some blood.  His feline leukemia and FIV tests were both negative and his complete blood count and chemistries were all essentially normal, too.  By the tartar and staining on his teeth Dr. Scarlett thought he was around 4-5 years of age.  When Dr. Scarlett went to palpate his scrotum to make sure he had two testicles, she was surprised to feel NO testicles!  While cats can be cryptorchid (meaning one testicle is retained in the abdomen and didn’t drop into the scrotum), it would be very unusual to have a cat retain both testicles.  It seemed more likely that he had been neutered in the past.

We scanned him for a microchip and were VERY surprised when we found one!  Sadly, most cats don’t have a microchip.  Natasha called the microchip manufacturer and found out that the microchip had never been registered to an owner.  BUT, they did tell her that the cat had been chipped at Winnebago (Illinois) County shelter.  Natasha called the shelter (which had since changed phone numbers) and found out the cat had been called “Patrick” at the time of adoption.  They gave her the owner’s name and phone number.  The phone number belonged to someone completely different now and a google search for the owner’s name pulled up 6 matches in Wisconsin, none of them in Brodhead.  It appeared Grizz would be Conni’s new cat!  She has since registered his microchip under her name.

Grizz didn’t need to be neutered after all, but he did have an abscess on his left rear paw.  He was sedated and Dr. Scarlett opened, drained, and cleaned the abscess.  The toe moved in an abnormal way, so x-rays were taken:

GrizzAPGrizzoblique The abscess/swelling can be seen on the left side of the paw in the left picture (he got his tail in the x-ray on the bottom) and the toe appears broken at the second joint.  You can see the displacement in the right picture, with the swelling on the bottom.

Grizz received an injectable antibiotic, along with vaccinations and flea treatment.  The paw was bandaged and pain medication was sent home.  Dislocated fractures don’t heal, so once all the swelling has gone down and the infection has cleared up, that toe will be amputated.

Moral of the story: MICROCHIP your pet and REGISTER the number.  We can only assume the original adopter of Grizz no longer wanted him and dumped him–how sad is that?  It would have been far better for Grizz to be taken back to a humane society to find him a loving home.  Grizz is a sweetheart and lucky to have been cared for by Conni!

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