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Hi Alicia, and welcome back to Just Answer.I'm so sorry to hear this has happened to poor Spirit. For the moment, you did what you had to do and if you bring him to his regular vet in the morning, you will be able to have an x-ray done at a lower cost and see what's actually happening with the leg. It could be broken, it could have a hairline fracture, a joint could be dislocated. There are many possibilities, but an x-ray will certainly show more and if the splint is not positioned correctly, after a diagnosis is made of the injury, your vet will re-do it correctly. It's important that the splint (or even if a cast is needed for a break/fracture) is positioned right, so the bone heals properly and doesn't cause future problems. You will not know if surgery is needed until your vet makes a diagnosis after the x-ray. If Spirit is eating and walking gingerly, this is very good; however, I would try to keep him off his feet and confined, until you can get him to your vet in the morning. He also should be prevented from jumping up onto or down from, anything. If you have a large dog crate or something similar, you can put him in there, with a few layers of towels or blankets on the bottom and his essentials: food, water, litterbox, and allow him to rest. I'm assuming the ER vet gave him some pain medication, so that should help him feel more comfortable.I hope all will be well with Spirit, once he is evaluated and treated by his regular vet.If you need any additional information, please do not rate at this time, but first, click "Reply" to let me know how I can further assist you. Thanks!When you are satisfied with the answer, please rate positively, so I am credited by the site for my assistance. Thank you!Best regards,Cher
Thank you for your fast, kind an helpful response. While I do not have any kind of crate I have a very small bathroom where I have set up a litter box, water and food along with several layers of towels along with one of my nice comfy soft robes for him to lie on...I suppose it is anybody's guess if he will chose to jump in the tub but with the shower curtain closed but I am hoping not. The ER Vet did give him pain medication while sedating him to splint..Do you imagine it is safe to say the ER Vet must have some idea on the correct way to set his leg even though they are not doing an xray?
Thank you once again Cher..I am thankful for your advice.I just wanted to let you know that the Vet said they are pretty sure the ankle is fractured. The whole leg is splinted.. Are splints ever a course of healing as long as there are no complications to be seen in a x-ray from your experience? Thank you so much for your patience in helping me through this..
You are amazing Cher...Thank you so much for helping our family with our cat Spirit.I am so thankful for all the advice and the link you provided. I hope you have a wonderful evening...