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Mar. 18th, 2013


Guido is spending another night at the vet's. Last Tuesday morning, I found a largish spot of blood on the twins' bed that turned out to be coming from Guido's mouth. His bottom jaw was broken in the middle, and his lip was ripped loose and bleeding. I got the three little kids packed up, put Guido into the carrier, and got us all to the local vet, who was able to take a look at him right away. They did some blood work and X-rays and then went ahead with a surgery to wire his jawbone back together and sew the lip up. Guido came home the next day.

The next evening (Thursday), he knocked his jaw loose, and I had to take him back in for a second surgery on Friday. Initially, he looked good after that surgery, but he refused to eat on his own, so we had to force-feed him. He knocked his jaw loose again. On Sunday, we took him to a different vet clinic for a second opinion. We found out that the medication the first vet had told us was pain medication was actually an anti-inflammatory that didn't do much for pain. And he had an another fracture further back in his jaw. And his tongue and lip were infected. And all 4 of his canines were chipped. So the second vet performed another surgery to try to fix everything and to place a feeding tube since Guido hasn't been able to eat or drink much in the past week. As part of the treatment, they bonded his canine teeth together to try to keep his mouth stable as he heals up. Except that as he came out from the anesthetic, he managed to break the acrylic bonds and get his teeth free. They're going to try to bond them together more strongly tomorrow.

Gah. I'm scared that he's just such a strong and ornery cat that he's not going to leave his mouth alone and let it heal up. He's about 10 years old, but up until this injury, he was pretty healthy and seemed like he had a few more good years left.

Silence seems to have taken it in stride that we're not letting her go out anymore.

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jilflirt
Mar. 19th, 2013 04:48 am (UTC)
Oh that's awful. I hope he heals well this time. It also sounds horribly expensive on top of everything else. Btw I have a very good vet if you end up needing another opinion.
impossibleway
Mar. 19th, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
My goodness! What happened? I hope he heals up completely.
alison_in_oh
Mar. 19th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Ack. My outdoor cat gets into some scrapes but they are usually of the cat fight abscess variety. Do you think Guido was hit by a car? So sorry. :( Ten is a good strong age, he will pull through this. Maybe they will sedate him a bit for a couple of days?
chimerically
Mar. 19th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
Poor Guido! I hope he pulls through. :(
anemone
Mar. 20th, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC)
How terrible. I hope he lets it heal.
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