Yesterday we had a bit of a scare. Bandit screamed in pain when we tried to pick him up, and we knew something was wrong. After a very long wait for the vet to see him on emergency, we had to leave Bandit at the hospital for radiographs under sedation. Late last night Dr. Roberts called to say that our sweet Bandit has a fractured and displaced sternum, with damage to the surrounding soft tissue. She wanted to keep him overnight for observation, and we couldn’t see him until this morning after the surgeon reviewed his radiographs to see if surgical intervention was necessary. YIKES!
After a long night of fitful sleep, I woke up, got myself together and went to get my baby. Dr. Robbins, the vet on staff this morning, showed me Bandit’s radiographs. Here’s what I saw.
You can see that the last sternovertebrae is protruding due to the fracture just above it. What is more concerning is what she showed me next.
The left side of his chest appears to show a pulmonary contusion. We are waiting for the radiologist to confirm this, but that type of injury is consistent with a severe fall. Bandit is such a rough and tumble cat, always running, jumping and crashing into things. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything we can do for Bandit except give him his pain medication and keep him separated from Luna for a few weeks to limit his activity level. We also have to monitor him closely to make sure his breathing is not abnormal and his gum color is pink.
We hope for a speedy recovery, and appreciate your kind thoughts and prayers!