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Forelimb amputation of a feline with a humeral fracture: a patient care report

02 September 2020
9 mins read
Volume 11 · Issue 7
Figure 1. A craniocaudal radiograph of the feline patient, which revealed a fracture of the left humerus.


This report looks at the nursing care of a feline patient that underwent a forelimb amputation. Key areas of care for amputee patients include targeted and appropriate analgesia, alongside appropriate wound care and rehabilitation. Veterinary nurses are essential in aiding the return of these patients to normal ambulation and therefore require good knowledge of physiotherapy practices.

This extended patient care report will focus on the key nursing interventions carried out on a feline patient that underwent a forelimb amputation. While all nursing interventions are important, the interventions that were significant in this case include pain management, bandaging and wound care, assisting ambulation and recumbency post-surgery. The interventions will be critiqued and recommendations for future practice will be drawn.

Species: Feline

Breed: Domestic Short Hair

Age: 6 months old

Sex: Female (neutered)

Weight: 2.10 kg

The patient was presented to practice after sudden onset non-weight bearing on the left forelimb for 24 hours. The owner had not witnessed any trauma and was not sure of the cause. She was eating, drinking and toileting as normal, however, had difficulties in ambulating to do so. The owner had no other concerns. She presented bright yet painful on palpation of the left forelimb. A fracture was suspected of the left humerus. The patient had no pre-existing medical conditions.

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