A shorter tail for Rafael
Meet Rafael, a confident 5 year old domestic short-haired cat. Rafael paid a recent visit to our clinic when his owners noticed an injury to his tail. Rafael had wandered off and returned with a degloving injury at the end of his tail. They are not sure how it happened but a degloving injury involves the layers of skin and tissue being removed from an area, usually a foot or tail, exposing the tissues beneath. These sorts of injuries can be complicated to treat as there is no skin to suture over the wound and often debris and foreign matter has contaminated the wound.
Rafael recovered from his surgery really well and was soon digging in to his lunch with gusto! He went home later that day with a light bandage on his tail and some pain relief and antibiotics. He is expected to make a full recovery and his owners hope he does not get up to any more adventures any time soon.