Pet of the Month - Zebedee April 2012
Zebedee is a very friendly and sociable 2 year old ginger cat. He was unfortunately hit by a car earlier this year and came to wilbury to be assessed.
It was found that he had damaged his pelvis. Normally the pelvis is attached to the lower part of the spine (the sacrum) by a left and right sacroiliac joint.
But zebedees iliac bones had shifted forwards and were no longer attached to the sacrum. This is called a bilateral sacroiliac joint luxation. Zebedee couldnt walk or even weightbear on his hind legs.
There was also a slight subluxation (partial dislocation) of the joint between the sacrum and the tail bones.
It was decided that zebedee needed surgical intervention. A screw was placed on either side to reposition and secure the pelvis back where it should be.
Zebedee recovered well but we had to watch him carefully as this type of injury is often associated with nerve damage
In the weeks following the surgery he was not urinating normally and had to be helped with medications and occasional manual expressions at the practice. This was likely due to temporary nerve damage but has fortunately all resolved
His brother “squirrel” helped him recover at home and kept a close eye on him!!
At the end of march he was re-xrayed and it could be seen that his injuries had healed well
He is now back to his old tricks and enjoying being able to stand up to watch the television again !