Thursday, November 10, 2011
He's pretty handsome eh? And yeah, I have a tiny soft spot for cats and dogs and other furry critters, but I especially have a soft spot for poor pitiful furry creatures and Gus was pretty sad when he first came in, having been badly mauled by some wild animal. He was a feral cat who had only recently become tame enough to catch and the person who was feeding him (along with a number of other feral cats) brought him to us. She paid a fairly large sum to fix him up, vaccinate him, and neuter him. Unfortunately, because he was unvaccinated and had a bite wound of unknown origin he was going to need to be quarantined. Luckily one of our techs agreed to quarantine him at her house once he was well enough to go. Unfortunately he did not get better. The bite wound on his hock was swollen and he kept that leg tucked way up so there was no chance in hell it would touch the ground. He was getting antibiotics every day but his temperature was remaining around 103 (average cat temp is about 101). He was still eating but we were beginning to think he was going to either lose the leg - if that person would be willing to pay for amputation - or be euthanized.
Then something wonderful happened. One of our docs recalled reading something about how another different antibiotic had helped in a similar situations. We switched Gus to doxycycline and lo and behold within a few days he started touching his toe to the ground. His temperature went down. And there was great rejoicing.
Now Gus is all better and he'll be going to our tech's outbuilding soon - for 6 long months - but after that he'll be up for adoption. Whoever gets him will be a lucky person indeed.