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Pet of the Month – Simba

Patient Corner, Pet of the month -

This handsome cat is Simba. Simba recently presented for left rear leg lameness. Upon exam he was sensitive to palpation of his left knee and was found that he had a luxating patella. After a week of rest and pain medication Simba’s knee still seemed painful. X-rays of his left knee and hips revealed a fracture of his femoral capital physis (see arrows). Surgery was scheduled and an FHO or femoral head ostectomy was performed. This is a procedure where the head of the femur is removed and a “false joint” forms in its place. This procedure works very well on cats and small dogs. Simba recovered quickly from surgery and is doing well at home. Congratulations Simba on being this month’s Pet of the Month.