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FHO Surgery: Femoral Head Ostectomy for cats (both legs)

Before Surgery

February 15th 2013 7:59 am
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Why she needed it

After going through Chloe’s big ordeal, I thought I might be over paranoid when I took Fiona to the vet. I noticed that when I was holding her, she was sensitive around her hips. She tipped over while sitting on my chest and then when I picked her up to hold her again, she became vocal and left. I thought that I would rather be paranoid and wrong about Fiona concerning whether I should go to the vet, rather than be wrong and not doing anything about it. My vet checked her out, and we found she was having pain and discomfort. (*the most important thing to learn the difference in sound she makes when she is annoyed, and the sound she makes if she is uncomfortable). She got her x-rays, sent them to a radiologist. Surprise! Like her sister, she has a fractured hip (left) and the growth plate is sliding. However, I didn’t know that her right hip was bad as well. Later on, the surgeon told me it was “just falling apart”. Good grief! Poor kitty! (So) She is having her surgery February 20th.

Signs your kitty has trouble:
-favoring one leg over the other
-trouble jumping
-using upper body rather whole body
-laying on one side a lot
-sensitivity to hips
-kitty wouldn’t sit up, or loaf
-Fiona had trouble getting up from laying on her side and would vocalize pain as she got up


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