For those of you that don’t know, we adopted our neighborhood stray in December of this year. At that time, the vets determined that he was about 5 or 6 months old. Buster is a very special member of our family – he even plays with the dogs!
After weeks of two different antibiotics and pain medications, Buster’s x-ray showed that his leg is worse. We will be dropping Buster off at Willow Creek Animal Hospital on Monday. Dr Schaller will put him under anesthesia and perform a chest x-ray. I hope and pray that the x-ray is clear and that she does not see anything suspicious to indicate that the cancer has spread beyond his leg. If she does, there will be no need to go forward with surgery.
If the x-ray is clear, Dr. Schaller will be amputating Buster’s front left leg (you can see him holding it up in the picture above). His beautiful fur will have to be shaved and he will have a super long incision. We will not be able to see him for days, but I am confidant that the staff at Wilow Creek will love him like their own. They have all been so wonderful through this whole ordeal. Buster has been there several times lately for x-rays and tests and they have all commented on how gorgeous and sweet he is.
They will be able to make sure he is doing well and not jumping up and down off of furniture and counters. They can adjust his pain meds and watch for infection. We won’t have to worry about Daisy licking his incision and he won’t have to be home alone. (Can you tell I am having to convince myself that it is a good thing that he will be with them and not us??)
Buster hasn’t been using his paw very much at all for weeks so I know he will adapt very easily to being a “tripod” kitty. Dr. Schaller said someone once told her that God gives cats and dogs 3 legs and a spare. My only concern really (besides the cost!) is the result of the chest x-ray. Please, please, please let it be clear so that we can have our Buster with us for many more years!