Kitten Rushed to Animal League America After Suffering Severe Trauma
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No living creature should have to suffer the pain and uncertainty that Rudy must have felt as he lay helplessly on the side of the road after being violently struck by a car or truck. His face and head badly bloodied and battered, the kitten no more than 8 months of age, was on the brink of death when he was picked up and brought to Animal Care Centers of New York City.
From there he was rushed to Animal League America’s Pet Health Centers where he underwent emergency lifesaving surgery to repair a severely fractured right lower jaw and shattered bones on the right side of his face. The skin on his jaw was also torn off due to the kinetic impact with the asphalt, leaving the bones of his mandible almost completely exposed.
“We are going to take Rudy in for surgery immediately. He presented to us with significant facial trauma, with much of the skin on his lower jaw sheered almost completely off,” said Dr. Marina Tejada, who was the first veterinarian on the scene when Rudy arrived in our Emergency Care Unit. “He’s also open-mouth breathing, which means he likely has some injury to his nasal passages. We’ll be able to evaluate that further when he’s under sedation, and additional repairs may be needed. We would likely insert a feeding tube so he can get the nutrients he needs.”
Doctor Tejada said to even further compound Rudy’s dire situation, the tiny tabby was also dealing with intestinal parasites and had litter caked to his body when he arrived. This is obviously a case of a neglected kitten with nobody to watch out for him or provide him with the love and guidance he needed. This time of the year especially, when kitten season begins to ramp up in the Northeast, cases of stray cats and kittens become more prevalent and unfortunate situations such as these more likely.
Luckily for Rudy, Animal League America’s one-of-a-kind Help Me Heal Program was there to rescue him and provide him with the urgent care he needed when disaster struck. He was placed in the hands of Senior Vice President and Chief of Veterinary Staff, Dr. Mark Verdino, who was tasked with performing the delicate surgery. The significance of his injuries combined with his weakened state would make for a difficult undertaking, but it would be Rudy’s only chance at survival.
“His injuries were more extensive than we thought. His right mandible (lower jaw) was fractured as were the bones on the right side of his face/maxilla. He must have gotten hit pretty hard by whatever type of vehicle hit him,” said Dr. Verdino. “While these fractures should heal okay, it will certainly delay his recovery. We placed a feeding tube and will be bypassing his mouth for all feeding for the next 4-6 weeks.”
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