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i think my cat may have a broken rib. I do not have the ...

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i think my cat may have a broken rib. I do not have the money a vet would require to x-ray and/or treat him. what can i do for him?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. Debbie replied 10 years ago.

If it is a broken rib, the main thing is to make sure your cat is breathing okay (didn't puncture a lung). There isn't anything safe to give over the counter for pain medication, though. You will need to keep your cat indoors and confined to a pet carrier or small area for 7-10 days while the rib is healing. You could try to call your vet and see if you can get something for pain while it is healing.

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