Elvis has left the Building
Elvis Lockley, 4 year old male cat, was transferred from our out of hours practice one morning in October following a road traffic accident the previous night. He was very shocked and there was a concern he may have serious internal injuries which could potentially be life threatening. Elvis could not stand, was in a lot of pain and very shocked with hypothermia.
We stabilised him with intravenous fluids and got his temperature back up to normal. He did not appear to be producing urine but had received a lot of fluid. We scanned him to check for a ruptured bladder but his abdomen looked normal. However, as the day went on he did not improve as we would expect and his left hind leg started to swell with fluid.
A subsequent scan still showed evidence of urine in his abdomen but we became worried somehow it was leaking into his leg! Giving Elvis an anaesthetic at this stage was very risky but we felt it was the only way to find out what was going on. Elvis was taken to theatre that evening and we found not only was his bladder ruptured but he had a rupture in his abdominal wall which allowed urine from his abdomen to accumulate in his leg. There was extensive bruising but we managed to repair both ruptures and he recovered well from his surgery.
We were still very guarded as to Elvis's long term outcome but to our amazement he was up and about and eating 24 hours after the operation. His pelvis had been damaged in the accident and so he was sent home after a few days on cage rest and since then has made a remarkable recovery.
All the staff got to know Elvis well whilst he was with us and it was only right he made our Patient of the Month!