When Pretzel showed up at the Vet Ranch clinic, she was in really bad shape. At first it looked like her back leg had been crushed. Dr. Matt and his team had no idea what happened to Pretzel before she arrived at Vet Ranch; their best guess is that she was either hit by a car or by something else that had a lot of force. Upon getting a closer look, Dr. Matt realized that the leg was not only crushed, but part of the tissue was rotten. Pretzel was definitely going to need surgery.
Dr. Matt believed that the best option for Pretzel so that she would achieve a good quality of life was to amputate the leg. This solution sounded simple, correct? Well, that was until Dr. Matt realized that it wasn’t just Pretzel’s back leg that was injured. It turned out that Pretzel’s front leg on the same side of her body was paralyzed. Not wanting to leave Pretzel with only two legs, Dr. Matt decided to alter his surgical plan. Instead of getting rid of Pretzel’s entire back leg, he only amputated the part of her paw that had the dead tissue. This gave Pretzel a makeshift peg leg.
A week after surgery and Pretzel was finally able to walk! Albeit, a bit creatively. Dr. Matt’s call to turn the crushed leg into a peg leg worked wonders. And while she still isn’t able to walk using one of her front legs, Pretzel makes due. She has been given the chance to be the fun, active, and special little kitten that she was always meant to be. So special, in fact, that the clinic staff refused to send Pretzel to a foster home. Instead, Pretzel found her forever at the clinic where she became the official clinic pet! In her new home, Pretzel has all the affection, love, and companions she could ever want!