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Cat leg fracture costs £1200 to repair

06 Jun 2014

Our surgeons enjoy the challenge of performing first opinion orthopaedic surgery.  A recent example occurred when a local charity (Animal Accident and Rescue Unit - AARU) brought to the surgery a rescued small kitten with a possible broken leg.  Under general anaesthetic xrays were taken to confirm the diagnosis of a fractured tibia and assess the treatment required.  An operation was performed to place a pin within the fractured bone to stabilise the fracture and to allow it to heal.

The kitten had to spend 6 weeks mainly restricted to a cage to avoid further injury.  She spent this time with fosters from the team at AARU.  She was soon using her leg again really well, and the fracture had healed when she was xrayed again, allowing us to remove the pin.  At the same time the kitten was neutered and microchipped.  She has now settled in to her new adoptive home.

The approximate cost of repairing a cat fracture is £1200.  The cost of this treatment at some referral centres would almost double.  We would generally treat most fractures in cats ourselves.  Even with our fee structure the benefits of pet insurance are obvious.