The owners noted at home that their 1 year old female cat was limping and decided to treat it themselves with the aid of a bandage around the front paw. They used small elastic bands to secure the bandage around the paw. The following day they noticed that the cat was limping even more and that the paw was also severely swollen and even more painful than before. The owners removed the bandage, but not the elastic bands. The cat was presented the following morning (the third day) with a severely swollen paw. By this time the paw was cold to the touch, extremely painful and was expected to slough due to the severely compromised blood circulation.
The elastic bands were removed under light sedation and phototherapy was started immediately. Phototherapy was done once a day, for 5 minutes. No other antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs were given during this trial. Temgesic was used as pain killer.
24 hours after the start of phototherapy, the swelling had gone down completely. No surgery was ever needed and the paw healed without any complications. Healing was faster than initially predicted and the owners, being told that amputation was that most likely outcome, were extremely pleased.