Cloud, a 2 year, indoor-outdoor intact male cat, was presented to us for a large laceration on his left forearm. He went outside for several hours, when he returned was bleeding profusely from his arm. His owners are unsure how he acquired the wound. On presentation, Cloud had a very large laceration on his forearm that extend past the skin and through the underlying musculature. The remainder of his physical exam was within normal limits. An x-ray was taken, and the wound did not extend to the underlying bone.
Cloud was sedated and the wound was thoroughly clean. The wound needed to be closed in several layers. First the musculature needed to be sutured together. Then the overlying fascia closed, and finally the skin layer was closed. There was a moderate amount of inflammation following closure. Cloud was given an injection of pain medications and antibiotics.
We discharge cloud to his owners. There was some concern about how well that Cloud would heal. Because the laceration was so deep we were unsure if the nervous tissue had been affected. Also because the muscles of the forearms were almost completely transected, we were unsure if Cloud would have any long term mobility issues. However, luckily, over the following 2 weeks, Cloud healed very well, and suffered no long term consequences from his wounds.
Help Save Pets was originally founded as the Humane Society of Plainfield in 2000. Since then we have placed over 14,000 animals into loving homes. Each one of these animals was given shelter, food, medical aid and vaccinations and time to find the right home. Our doctors mended mutilated limbs and cured many illnesses so that these animals could get a second chance at good lives. We have grown and now operate out of 6 locations, not all of them in Plainfield. In 2008, we changed our name from the Humane Society of Plainfield to Help Save Pets, still HSP.
Dr. Tony Kremer owns 8 veterinary hospitals in the Chicagoland area and two in Ohio. He is the founder of Help Save Pets, an animal shelter which has saved more than 14,000 pets since 2000. Dr. Tony’s knowledge, insight, and advice are shared regularly with major media outlets across the nation and in the third largest market. Dr. Tony is also a member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Public Education Committee that routinely gets the word out about responsible pet ownership.