Case Study: 9-Year-Old Bubba Visits Emergency Vet

Bubba Case Study Emergency Vets

Cool Cat Bubba Stays Calm After Taking Leg Loss in His Stride

Our veterinary experts here at Gower Vets have expressed their admiration for one of the ‘coolest’ cats that we’ve ever operated on, who needed a leg amputation from our Emergency Vet Services.

Despite facing tremendous pain when he was first admitted to the Swansea practice, nine-year-old Bubba hardly flinched upon his initial examination with our team. Here we found a large piece of bone sticking out of Bubba’s leg.

In fact, one of our veterinary team said: “It was amazing how well-behaved Bubba was while we assessed him with such a large piece of bone poking out!”


What Happened to Bubba?

Bubba’s owner Alastair VerBruggen, from Sketty in Swansea, said: “We’re not sure how Bubba was injured but our assumption is that he was hit by a car. He’d been out for a few hours and when he returned, he had blood on his back leg and was unable to walk on it properly.

“He must have been in unbearable pain, but you would not have known, given his composed demeanour. Bubba’s always been a cool customer and I’m so proud of him. I’m not surprised the team at Gower Vets are lavishing him with praise.”

Bubba Case Study Emergency Vets

Our Emergency Vet Services

Bubba’s major operation involved a real team effort, calling on the skills of soft tissue surgery, imaging, and anaesthesia, amongst our other specialist services.

Heather Davies, clinical director, and veterinary surgeon here at Gower Vets oversaw Bubba’s care along with our veterinary surgeon Chloe Frew.

Heather said: “Due to the nature of the injury, which was a severe open fracture, the only reasonable course of treatment for Bubba was to amputate his leg.

“The surgery went well and just a month after the operation he was adapting to life around the house on three legs. Even though Bubba’s faced a truly traumatic time, he kept as cool as a cucumber throughout!”

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Bubba Case Study Emergency Vets