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my cat has injured his back leg, hip. he is walking around

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my cat has injured his back leg, hip. he is walking around but slow and limping on his back leg a bit. can I give anything for pain? Anything else I can do
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  DrChristineM replied 7 years ago.
Do you know what might have happened? Was he outside when this happened?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
yes he was outside so I am not sure what he did. He is able to walk around and still jumping up onto couch and bed. He is going outside for a few min and then back in. A little more active today but not himself. Is there anything I can give him for the pain. I know aspririn is ok for dogs but not sure what is ok for cats. this is the first time we have had a cat so not as familiar with them.
Expert:  DrChristineM replied 7 years ago.
Unfortunately, we have limited options for OTC pain management for cats. Human anti inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and Tylenol (and others) are very bad for cats and other types of pain medications are prescription only. Some injuries like pelvic fractures or femur fractures also carry a risk of internal bleeding. If you can't get him to an emergency facility today, try to keep him very quiet today (don't let move around too much) and have him seen as soon as possible.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
would he be moving around this much with a fracture? could it be a muscle or something else?
Expert:  DrChristineM replied 7 years ago.
Certainly he could moving around with a fracture. It could also be a dislocation or a muscle/soft tissue injury.
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