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I am sorry Peter Pan is having this issue (great name !)
Is he indoor out door? Any chance of trauma? Can he bear weight on it at all?
Hmmm ok so a few things I would be worried about in a slightly older kitty
1. Soft tissue injury: did he pull or strain a muscle, tendon, ligament. This may be self limiting if it is not serious. Confine him for tonight restrict activity and lets see how he is doing tomorrow
2. Arthritis or bone injury: if this has occurred then he will still be lame tomorrow on this leg and he will need an exam and possible some X-rays to assess the bone health and check for a small fracture or arthritis
- If this is arthritis then a few days of anti inflammatory medication (onsior is approved for cats once a day for 3 days ) and a maintenance medication called gabapentin can be used every day
- if this is a fracture it will depend on where it is and the severity
3. Tendon laxity : sometimes in age connective tissue can become stretched out confirmed by X-ray and managed with joint supplements and pain medications
Will you be able to get him examined tomorrow if the limp is still present ?
Blood or saddle thrombus would mean complete non use of the leg and it is excruciatingly painful.. These cats are screaming in pain.
The likelihood of a blood clot from what he is doing and how is acting is extremely low.
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=3351 This website goes into more detail about a blood clot
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Kind regards ***** ***** luck with Peter Pan,
Dr. Meghan Denney
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