by Kimberly Wade
Last week we began the Lifesaving Adventure of Carson, a handsome, young tabby cat who was hit by a car in Carson City. His injuries were severe—bruising and scrapes all over the body, a broken jaw and two broken front legs. We fixed up his jaw here at our Nevada Humane Society veterinary clinic and then sent him to a local specialist—Sierra Veterinary Specialists (SVS). We told you his outcome was good, but we left you hanging for the next step of his adventure. Well, wait no more.
Carson’s appointment with SVS was about a week ago, and I have to say, we (I took him) were treated like celebrities from the moment we walked in. Everyone had heard of his case already and was excited to meet him. What they didn’t expect was purr-fection. Carson smiled, purred, and stretched his little paws (broken and all) out to greet everyone who he met. He won them over within minutes.
His appointment was straight to the point—he needed help and he needed it fast. We didn’t want to delay any longer because we didn’t want to risk his broken bones healing the wrong way. Carson went into surgery that same day.
Later that night I got an update from SVS. Carson made it through surgery. He was doing well, but the surgery was longer than expected—about six hours. He was badly swollen on both legs, requiring an ice pack throughout the night to lessen the pain. He was groggy and tired. But guess what? He ate like a champ. His strength showed even through his toughest hour. Carson was going to make it.
Carson stayed at SVS in critical care for a couple days and then went home with one of the veterinary staff. She’s fostering him through his recovery and already can see he’s an inspiration to animals everywhere. He made the decision to say “I will get through this” and thanks to a great partnership between Nevada Humane Society and Sierra Veterinary Specialists, he was given that opportunity.
Just a day ago his foster sent me the best photos. Carson sunbathing, with his legs all shaved and soaking up Vitamin D; Carson with a shirt on to protect his incisions; Carson curled up napping; and finally, Carson walking around the kitchen. He’s doing well! He looks fabulous! And knowing what he went through… this is no small task.
Carson will be in recovery for about 8 weeks. He has a long road ahead but seeing him now only reaffirms the doc’s words—that his outlook is good. He still has plenty of exams, x-rays and physical therapy so we are seeking donations to help cover the cost of his care—and if you can help we, along with Carson, will be eternally grateful. To help Carson, donate to Nevada Humane Society’s Emily’s Fund, a fund specifically provided to care for sick and injured pets. Call 775-856-2000 ext. 324 to donate today or mail a check to 2825-B Longley Lane, Reno, NV 89502. In the meantime, be sure to follow Carson on our Facebook Page for even more updates.
P.S. Sierra Veterinary Specialists does big things for our shelter pets. When we need a specialty surgery, we call them for help—and they are always there for us. Join us in saying a big thank you to Sierra Veterinary Specialists!