Two-year-old Idris is a very lucky black cat who needed orthopaedic surgery at Burnham House following a major accident on New Year's Day 2011.
Idris was found seriously injured by his owners on New Year's Bank Holiday 2011. They rang our on-call vet who assessed him the same day. He was found to have several injuries and was extremely painful, so he was immediately admitted and given strong painkillers to make him comfortable enough to be examined fully.
X-rays showed that Idris had a displaced fracture of his left foreleg and his left stifle was disarticulated with a ruptured tendon. He also had multiple puncture wounds and lacerations which were expertly cleaned and dressed by our veterinary nurses. An operation was planned for the following day to realign the fracture in the front leg and fix it in place.
Idris had to be kept on strict rest for several weeks so stayed with us and got to know the nurses really well. It didn't take him long to settle into a routine of dressing changes, medication and shouting for his food; and he was missed when he went home to continue recuperating two weeks after his operation. As his fractures healed he was allowed into bigger spaces before finally being 'signed off' and allowed outside again.