Patch didn’t do anything wrong. But that didn’t stop his owner surrendering him to us because he took too much time to look after. At least that was what he told us.
It was quickly discovered that poor little Patch had some pretty serious health concerns. He was limping on his back leg, and when the x-rays came back it showed major bone changes within the hip joint. The poor guy was walking and running on a joint that was basically bone-on-bone.
Our vet team decided the best course of action would be a femoral head excision, where the top of the thigh bone is removed to take away the source of rubbing. Patch had to endure five days of cage rest and then another four weeks of intensive rehabilitation. Things were looking up, the leg was healing well and his rehabilitation was progressing.
But then whilst in foster care, several weeks after surgery, he started to have problems putting weight on the back leg again. Patch was showing signs of pain when extending his leg out and rotating through the hip. It became clear the only way Patch would lead a pain-free life was to have the leg removed.
Patch underwent his second major surgery in as many months, and after several days of cage rest he moved in temporarily with one of our vet nurses to recover fully.
Despite his ordeal, Patch’s zest for life hasn’t diminished at all with the loss of the leg – in fact he looks so much happier without the leg which was causing him so much pain.
When animals come in to our care, we don’t always find out the whole story. But we will never refuse an animal. We will do everything we can to give them a second chance to live out their life, pain-free with a loving family of their own.
Will you help animals like Patch who rely on us to give them another chance?
Animal Emergency Fund FAQ’s
Imagine being all alone, cold, hungry, scared and in the worst pain of your life. Now imagine that AND being only 6 weeks old.
This is how Kitty, the kitten was found when a kind lady picked her up from the side of the road and called RSPCA SA to help her.
Research shows that women with pets delayed seeking refuge from domestic violence in up to 85% of cases, for fear of their pets being harmed in their absence.
In response to this urgent and critical issue, RSPCA South Australia has developed the Safe Kennels Program.
Our vet team saved Moo Moo’s life when they removed a huge ball of shoe laces and hair ties from her stomach. Read more about Moo Moo’s story, and help us give her the care she needs & the home she deserves.