How common is it for tail fractures in cats to lead to amputation?

My cat was injured and lost feeling and movement of his tail. The vet said to give it a week and then when it wasn't any better he wanted to amputate it but his pre-op blood work showed he was anemic,. After taking vitamins for 2 weeks his red count was better but still a little too low for surgery so again he took 2 weeks of vitamins and then had his blood retested. This time it was much better but I did not schedule the surgery because he began to regain some movement in his tail. If he had not been anemic he would have had the surgery and lost his tail. In a way it is lucky his red count was low. Is it common to amputate after waiting only a week for healing?

Asked by Irene

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Hi Irene, very sorry to hear about your cat. I need to ask a couple of questions to help better answer your question.

Were x-rays were taken of the tail to confirm a fracture was present?
Was a cause for the anemia found?
Do we know the circumstances as to how your cats tail was injured?



| 09.15.15 @ 09:11
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$commenter.renderDisplayableName() — {comment} | 09.26.17 @ 12:46
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Answered by Irene
The vet did take an xray to confirm the fracture but he knew it just from looking at the way his tail was dragging. The very tip of his tail got run over but that is not where the injury was so it may have been just his long fur that was stuck under the tire. My son saw it happen. The vet said likely that when his tail was trapped he was so terrified and tried so hard with all his strength to run but could not get away that he pulled hard enough to cause a fracture near his butt,, We were not told any reason for the anemia. He did have an ultrasound to check for any internal injuries and there were none. | 09.15.15 @ 09:59
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$commenter.renderDisplayableName() — {comment} | 09.26.17 @ 12:46
Hi Irene,

unfortunately it is hard to define a timeline as each injury is unique.

What you are describing sounds like a tail pull / avulsion injury which can cause either permanent or temporary nerve dysfunction as well as a fracture / or dislocation depending on the severity of the injury. A tail dragging or limp doesn't necessarily indicate a fracture.

The rationale for considering amputation would be a tail that has permanent nerve damage, has severe irreparable skin loss, open or complex fractures.

Without examining your cat I cant add any further I'm afraid but a rest and wait period may be indicated.

Hope your cat continues to recover well

| 09.16.15 @ 11:39
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$commenter.renderDisplayableName() — {comment} | 09.26.17 @ 12:46
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