by Kimberly Wade
Lately we’ve been following Carson’s Lifesaving Journey, a stunning young kitty (age two) who was hit by a car in Carson City last month. This week is his halfway point in recovery—it’s been over four weeks, can you believe it? And wow, does it show!
I visited Sierra Veterinary Specialists a couple days ago so that I could actually be a part of his checkup—therefore meeting with doctors, going over x-rays and getting a better understanding of his needs. Through it all, Carson smiled. I’m not kidding. His tail was held high, his curiosity pushed him to explore every nook and cranny and his affection was so over the top that he couldn’t stop himself from plopping himself in my lap more than once. Carson is one cool cat.
Michelle, a Licensed Vet Tech and the Patient Care Lead, and Carson’s foster mom, filled me in on the last few weeks. He’s been on cage rest with minimal activity while everything has been healing, with only slow walks and physical therapy to help his joints heal. His left leg and shoulder are doing well, with almost the full range of motion already there. His right shoulder and leg suffered more serious injuries, and so while he can move them, he’s still not able to flex that arm all the way out (but that is getting better). His jaw is healed—in fact, the tiny wire that has held it in place over the last month is ready to be removed.
As for his personality, Carson is charming as ever. He loves every human he meets, and we’ve discovered Carson loves other cats and has finally accepted his temporary doggie roommates! Big thanks to Michelle for really giving him the family lifestyle that he deserves.
I also spoke with Dr. Cioffi, one of many surgeons at Sierra Veterinary Specialists who always go above and beyond for our homeless pets. She let me know that overall Carson is doing well and his future is bright. He will receive two more sets of x-rays to ensure his healing stays the course, and will ultimately be given approval for release. When that time comes, he’ll need to be an indoor kitty, and keep his jumping to somewhat minimal—we don’t want any hard impacts on both front legs at the same time, and we all know when you jump up, you’ve eventually got to jump down!
Any veterinarian or animal caregiver knows that caring for a pet during tough times can take a toll on you. Whether a senior pet, injured pet, or just someone with a special need, it emotionally wears on you. We’re so proud to say that through it all, good, bad and challenging, Sierra Veterinary Specialists is there for Nevada Humane Society. We’ve given them shout outs before, but we will continue to do it again, because seeing the compassion and dedication in their eyes with every patient they see—well, that is exactly what you want in a lifesaving partner.
Be sure to continue to follow Carson’s Lifesaving Journey on our Facebook page as we post pictures and updates regularly. And if you’d like to donate to help Carson, or other pets just like him, those that may have encountered similar challenges, we’ll really appreciate it. Donate to Nevada Humane Society’s Emily’s Fund, a fund specifically to care for sick and injured pets, either online, by phone (775-856-2000 ext. 324) or by mail (2825-B Longley Lane, Reno, NV 89502). In the meantime, thanks for being there for Carson and all of us at Nevada Humane Society.