Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Caring for the amputee dog Owner Factsheet

There are a number of reasons which may necessitate the removal of an animal's leg. The two most common of these are severe trauma, for example after a road traffic accident, or as management of a leg cancer.

As a general rule, dogs cope far better with amputation than people imagine they will. Humans of course only have two legs, so losing one leg means a reduction to only one. Dogs have four legs so losing one still leaves them with three.

Will my dog miss having four legs?

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How long will my dog take to recover from surgery?

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What will my dog look like after surgery?

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Will my dog be in pain?

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Phantom limb pain

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What wound management should I expect to have to do?

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Do I need to make any modifications to the house?

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How long will it be before my dog can exercise normally?

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Does amputation place excessive strain on the other limb?

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Why wouldnt people choose amputation if a limb is useless and very painful?

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