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    Posted: 23 Aug. 10 at 02:48

Hello to all

I am contacting you to ask for advice regarding our beautiful pet cat, Sonny - age 5yrs, who was hit by a car and then callously left for dead by the scumbag driver last Sunday. I hope that it doesn't matter that I have very little experience with homeopathy - what I do have is a burning determination to try anything & everything I possibly can to help/save a very important member of our family. Therefore, I am trying to reach as many people as possible, in all walks of life, in the hope that I can learn how best to help Sonny overcome his problems, as I absolutely refuse to give up on him. So please bear with me & my lack of knowledge (I assure you that whatever I lack in experience, I will more than make up for in determination & enthusiasm.) This is what has happened up until now:

 

Our neighbour alerted us to the fact that Sonny was lying injured in their garden at approx noon last Sunday (16/08/2010). There was initial panic from the whole family, as added to the distress of seeing him with gaping wounds etc it was a case of "it's Sunday - the vets are shut - where do we go?" Thankfully, another neighbour told me that there was now a veterinary service at our local Pets at Home store, which was also open Sundays, so we rushed over there.

 

Initially, the on call vet told us that Sonny had most likely been hit by a car & as well as the visible wounds -  large, deep cuts to his flank, leg & belly area - he had a suspected broken or dislocated pelvis & a possible tear to his diaphram (at this time he was kind of panting & his sides were moving in & out very fast). We were told that he was in severe shock & that although he needed X-rays & his wounds stitching under general anaesthetic, it could not be done then as it would be too dangerous. He was therefore given a painkiller jab for the journey & we were told to take him to the PDSA hospital for observation overnight. The vet had tried to put a line in for painkiller & fluids but was unable to because she said Sonny's veins kept collapsing, again due to being in shock.

 

The next day Sonny was returned to the vet where thankfully his breathing had returned to normal so they were able to put him under & stitch his wounds plus do the X-rays. The vet then telephoned me to inform me that although his pelvis & diaphram were fine, he had another serious injury involving his spine/tail area. She then told me that he was still under general anaesthetic & asked if she wanted me to wake him up or not. The whole family then went to pieces (my younger daughter, who is officially Sonny's owner & most definately his soulmate, was screaming blue murder) it was heartbreaking. I told her that we most definately did want her to wake him up & that we'd be over to see them asap.

 

For the next 10 minutes we were all distraught beyond belief but then I started to get angry - probably directed at the lowlife coward that hit our beautiful cat & did not have the guts or common decency to stop. I decided then & there that I would fight for Sonny's life & that's what i'm trying to do by posting here. My own health problems have made me aware that certain conditions may well require referral to a specialist, so maybe this vet was the equivilant of a GP? Thankfully, we have Sonny insured healthwise so I started looking for a vet that specialises in spinal problems. I found one approx 30mins drive away & contacted them & they were happy to see Sonny but could only do so by referral from the original vet. I therefore went straight back & begged the vet to refer Sonny immediately & talked her into it. I am not usually a pushy person but as i've already said, i'll do whatever it takes to help him.

 

We then drove Sonny straight over with his X-rays to see the specialist. It was here that we learned that the injury had caused bladder paralysis & had also affected his tail. I saw the X-rays & one of the vertebra had been kind of seperated/stretched so that it showed as a gap & that had caused damage to close lying nerves which affect the tail & bladder function. I now understand that this is a fairly common result of car/cat impacts. The specialist said that there was nothing surgically that could be done & that it was just a matter of time as to whether Sonny regains the feeling & ability to pee by himself, as it was impossible to see if the affected spinal nerves have been stretched or severed. I should probably add at this point that Sonny's back legs are not affected at all & that he was walking, running & jumping around the specialists room at this time.

 

They then admitted him & at first were manually voiding his bladder but the next day they asked permission to put him under lightly to put him on a catheter, as he was finding it painful & distressing & also so that they could do more X-rays, just to rule out any other problems ie: chest injury. These also came back clear.

 

Sonny has now been at the specialist vet for a week. He has managed to pull the catheter out twice - despite wearing one of those plastic collars - & has had to have it put back. They have also put a line in his leg to administer pain meds & anti biotics. I have to say he doesn't seem too impressed with having to keep still - he is very alert & is also eating well. I have been told that there is a good chance that he will lose his tail as they think he has no feeling in it. the external stitched wounds appear to be healing well.

 

The specialist wants to try removing the catheter on tuesday, to see if he can pee by himself - we are all praying that he can - but I have a feeling it's still very early days. I'm terrified of what they will say if he can't & so it'd be a great help to have something to come back at them with if necessary.

 

We would be so grateful for any help or advice on how to handle this situation. As I have said before, I will do whatever it takes to get him through this. I work from home so I can easily devote myself to it for as long as I need to. I will not give up on him & it would be great to know that others feel this is the right thing to do. Sonny has done nothing to deserve this & I refuse to let him down. Please help me to help him.

 

Thank you so much.

 

Michelle.

 

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Hi our cat Trevor was also hit by a car and broke his tail and fractured his back he had heavy bruising to his abdominal area and scabs and scars all over his tail, he spent over a week in the ICU at our local animal hospital and is home now and has had some problems with pooing due to exstensive nerve damage to his tail and back area his anal area has some nerve damage and he is not able to hold in pooh it just falls out so we have put him on some hills original cat food which has slowed down how much he poohs and has also made his pooh firmer, as for urinating he has had to have his bladder express twice a day at the hospital since coming home and today he has started to urinate on his own but he just seems to be leaking everywhere so we are going to talk to our neurologist tonight when we see her to discuss this and our options from here. Trevor has started to use his litter tray for poohing which they thought he may never do again but is showing he can feel the pooh coming and can make it to the litter tray this is good news, apart from these two areas he is otherwise a normal cat a little more docile and quiet but is enjoying being an indoor cat with walks outside on a harness
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Nov. 10 at 20:38

Hi Michelle,

I'm very sorry to hear about Sonny's accident. You have many options homeopathically, and with remedies, you don't need to worry about any interference with his conventional treatment or any other therapies you decide to incorporate.

The potencies typically used in emergency situations are 30c and 200c. If you will be restricted in how many times a day you see him to repeat the remedy, 200c may be a better option, especially considering the short time frame we are dealing with.

Arnica is an excellent choice for both physical shock/trauma and inflammation. Aconitum should help to neutralize the emotional shock of the accident and treatment that followed. But Hypericum is the best match for the nerve damage. This remedy is used frequently for any acute nerve damage. I've seen excellent results in similar cases. If we can restore nervous function and minimize inflammation, his normal bladder function may return.

There are many other remedies that can be tried if these fail, as well as supportive herbs. If you select 30c potencies, they should be repeated several times daily. If you choose 200c, one or two doses/day should be enough.
 
It is much easier with cats to use remedies in water. To prepare a remedy solution bottle, drop one pellet into a small bottle of distilled water without touching it. Succuss (bang the bottle) firmly on your palm 5x before every dose. Try to give him a dropperful. As long as he gets a single drop that is sufficient because this is an energy medicine.
 
Best of luck and please feel free to ask any follow-up questions.
Ashley Welikonich, DHom, CHom, CPT
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Nov. 10 at 20:52
You may also want to consider Ignatia 30c for yourself and any family members who are dealing with the emotional shock of the accident.
Ashley Welikonich, DHom, CHom, CPT
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Nov. 10 at 23:19
Michelle, you can buy Hypericum at your health food store or Whole Foods.  Let us know if it works!  And good for you for fighting for your friend's life and not giving up on him!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Dec. 10 at 20:48

Hello All-

I too have a cat that was hit by a car and had a broken jaw, broken tail, a severe concussion and body wall separation. She was hit in front of our house and managed to climb the back fence to be sure we found her.   She was in the emergency hospital for one week with 4 days in an incubator received 24 hour oxygen and she required a blood transfusion (her sister was the donor).  She suffered a massive concussion, broken jaw, broken tail and eye damage.  She walks a little wobbly in the rear and I hope that heals after the tail surgery.  The doctors were shocked she has survived and recovered as well as she has.  After 1 week in the hospital and 3 wks recovering at home she is scheduled to have her tail removed on Monday.  Her jaw healed on it's own thank god.  She will be permanently blind in one eye and will lose atleast 2/3 of her tail.  One good thing is that her bowel/bladder control and function has returned.  She is the sweetest cat and seems to be taking the whole thing well and is becoming quite used to all the attention and spoiling.   

I am wondering what the recuperation will be like for her.  How have your cats been after the surgery. I almost lost her and am so scared to put her under anesthesia but the tail has to go.  

 


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