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Please help Salem with vet expenses
$10 raised
1% of $1.2k goal
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3 Years running
MY SON HAS A KITTY NAMED SALEM, WHOM HE LOVES SO VERY, VERY MUCH. HE FOUND OUT TODAY HE NEEDS SURGERY, POOR THING WALKS LIKE HE NEEDS A CRUTCH. HE HAS A BONE DISEASE AFFECTING HIS RIGHT HIP, WITH PAIN SO BAD WE CAN'T TOUCH. HE WOULD FOREVER BE ...

MY SON HAS A KITTY NAMED SALEM, WHOM HE LOVES SO VERY, VERY MUCH.

HE FOUND OUT TODAY HE NEEDS SURGERY, POOR THING WALKS LIKE HE NEEDS A CRUTCH.

HE HAS A BONE DISEASE AFFECTING HIS RIGHT HIP, WITH PAIN SO BAD WE CAN'T TOUCH.

HE WOULD FOREVER BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD DONATE SOME CHANGE, TO HELP FOR HIS BILLS AND SUCH.

 

Zachary and Storm rescued Salem about 2 years ago from a shelter. The past week he has been limping and crying when held... not the same happy, entertaining kitty. A vet looked at him today and the x-rays showed that his hip joint was deteriorating and Salem was diagnosed with Legg-Perthes disease. It produces lameness of the hip joint in young, small dog breeds and very rarely cats. The problem begins with an interruption in blood supply to the head of the femur. Portions of the boney tissues, starved of their blood supply, begin to die and the overlying cartilage that lines the hip joint collapses. This leaves a painful, poorly fitting hip joint. Treating Legg-Perthes disease inevitably involves surgery. The surgery he needs is called a femoral head and neck ostectomy(FHNO) which will remove the diseased portion of bone that is the source of the pain.

This concept was tough to understand because how can you remove a hip joint and still be able to have a functioning leg? 1st) the major muscles surrounding the hip joint attach at points other than on the femoral head or neck. 2nd) with the removal of the painful diseased head and neck, the body forms a "false joint" consisting of a cushion of scar tissue between the cut edge and the hip socket. The result.... a pain free return to good function! Salem has anti-inflammatory/pain medicine to get us through 9 more days and we hope to have enough funds gathered so Zack doesn't have to take a loan out. Salems surgery costs 1139.30. Thank you for reading Salem's story.

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