Animal amputees

By Connie Orcutt • Published: September 1st, 2012
Category: Animal Airwaves

Limb amputation may be the best treatment for animals suffering from birth defects, trauma or cancer. But when it’s your animal, the decision to amputate can be a tough one.

Animals are more adaptable than humans when it comes to losing a limb. If the leg hasn’t been working well, your pet may already have begun adjusting. Forelimb amputees have a bigger adjustment than those losing a hind limb. But after surgery, almost all need only a few days to start getting around amazingly well with one fewer leg. And within a couple of weeks, they look like they were born that way. Even most seniors do well, although some dogs may need a lift onto the couch and cats may require shallower litter pans.

Your veterinarian can refer you to other pet amputee owners who can fill you in. Then get ready to keep up with your pet!