An update on Dodge, who came to us with a broken leg after being hit by a car.
Dodge went into surgery for his leg on Monday afternoon at The Cat Care Clinic, and came out of it strong. Post-op, he was running a fever and was put on strong pain medication, but both are normal in his circumstances and the break had been secured with pins. He was to stay the weekend at the vet for monitoring and care.
Things got a bit more complicated in the coming days as his fever remained high (103!) and they kept the pain medication flowing. However the surgery site remained clean and infection free. So on Thursday they ran a blood panel to see if there was anything that they could do to help him further.
The results of the lab were overall good: strong kidney function, his white cell count (which is what shows sign of infection) was down and while his red cell count showed a slight anemia, they started him on an iron supplement.
Friday found him improving, but still on his pain medicine IV. And Saturday… well, that silly kitty was messing with the surgery site and his external fixation came off. (This is the thingy that holds the pin in his femur in place on the outside of his leg). So now he has a plastic splint on his leg to cover it up and prevent access as well as help keep his leg properly aligned.
As of this morning, (Sunday) we’re hopeful for him to have a good week ahead of continued healing so that he can go home with a foster for outpatient treatment. We’re very grateful to the staff at the The Cat Care Clinic who have taken him on as a special project, and have been giving him such extra good care.
Of course, these little extra complications are making things a bit more expensive than the original $2000 surgery estimate. However, the veterinary staff has been great working with us to help keep things down. But we won’t be skimping on his pain management or his necessary care.
We’re incredibly grateful for the donations that have come in so far: we have received $680 towards our goal!
If you can help Dodge, we would love a donation in any amount! We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so your donation is tax deductible. And all proceeds towards Dodge’s surgery fund (minus Paypal fees) will be send directly to the vet to cover his medical costs.
Donations for his surgery fund can also be mailed to
Cats in Need
5521 Mirage St
Yorba Linda, CA 92887
We also accept donations in person on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-3pm during our adoption shows.