Let us introduce you to Franklin, a five year old tabby boy with a heart of gold. Franklin’s story is full of highs and lows and plenty of frustration, and is one that could have been completely avoided for the sake of around £1.50. Trigger warning: graphic images will follow….
|Franklin in his ‘cone of shame’ after one of his several operations to fix his wound|
Elasticated cat collars are dangerous and cats can easily get snagged, trapped, and end up with a front leg trapped inside them after trying to free themselves. This is exactly what happened to our boy Franklin. Safer snap–release collars are usually double the price at around £3 and cat owners will often choose the cheaper option without knowing the horrible risks involved.
|At the vets, again! Thankfully, he enjoys the extra fusses!|
Since he was discovered back in January with his collar embedded under his armpit Franklin has received five operations in an attempt to rejoin the skin and heal the gaping hole which has formed. He has undergone pioneering surgery involving a complicated skin graft, but as the skin in this area is so delicate, and cats aren’t the easiest animals to keep still even on cage rest (and in a head-cone) all attempts so far have failed.
|Another attempt to re-stitch the wound was unsuccessful|
After the final attempt at re-stitching the hole failed at the end of March we sombrely took him back to the vets. Not knowing if there was anything left to try we thought it might be time to give up for his sake but our excellent vet had one last suggestion: leg amputation. Amputating what seemed to be a fully–functioning limb was a big decision but as the vet explained, the limb had a long open wound on it that would likely never heal. So we booked him in for the op. It seemed quite drastic but if it would save Franklin’s life we were willing to give it a go.
|The wound was in such a difficult place that each operation although seemingly successful would fail as the wound opened up again despite the amazing efforts of our vets.|
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Thank you for your support from all the M&S Team and, of course, from Franklin.