Leg Amputation

Leg Amputation 

Severe limping due to chronic conditions or significant injuries to your pet’s leg may require an amputation to improve its quality of life. Understanding this procedure and when your pet may need it can help you make an informed decision regarding your pet’s health and future. Our veterinarian at Northwood Veterinary Hospital in Northwood, NH, is here to tell you about leg amputations and why your pet may require this procedure.

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Understanding Leg Amputation

Leg amputation involves the removal of part or all of a pet’s leg. Your veterinarian might recommend this procedure if your pet has a severe injury or infection that will lead to health complications. A leg amputation may also be necessary if chronic conditions like arthritis cause your pet significant pain and mobility issues. Signs your pet might need a leg amputation include:

•             Your pet cannot bear weight on the affected leg

•             Significant limping on the affected leg

•             Extreme difficulty moving

•             Severe infection or swelling

•             Excessive or uncontrolled bleeding due to an injury

What to Expect During This Procedure

Our veterinarian will remove the affected leg where it meets the body. Our veterinarian will remove either the entire leg or only part of it based on your pet’s condition and its severity. For example, a complete leg amputation may be necessary to remove cancerous limbs that pose significant health risks.

After removing the leg, your pet will be able to be mobile. Your pet will also be able to balance on its remaining legs. Some pets even experience improved mobility and coordination after a leg amputation. You can ask your veterinarian about a leg prosthetic for your pet, but this option may not be necessary or recommended. Once your pet recovers from the procedure, your veterinarian will provide instructions on caring for your pet at home. These may include:

•             Cleaning the area

•             Providing pain management medication

•             Watching for any signs of infection

How Leg Amputations Help Pets

Leg amputations can help your pet in several ways. Removing a severely injured or infected limb can prevent significant pain or life-threatening complications. Leg amputations can also enhance your pet’s quality of life if its affected limb impacts movement. Other benefits of amputating your pet’s leg include improved mobility, less pain, and an extended life expectancy. Talk with your veterinarian to determine if this procedure is necessary to preserve your pet’s health and well-being.

Preserve Your Pet’s Health by Contacting Northwood Veterinary Hospital Today

If your pet’s quality of life is suffering due to a significant leg injury or chronic condition, consider contacting Northwood Veterinary Hospital in Northwood, NH. Our veterinarian will evaluate your pet and determine if amputation is the best option to ensure it continues living a long and healthy life. Call us and schedule an appointment at our animal hospital today at (603) 942-8368 for effective pain management that improves your pet’s well-being.


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If you have an Emergency with your pet during our open hours, please call 603-942-8368 and be prepared to bring your pet in immediately. If you need to have emergency medical attention when we are closed, please call CAVES in Concord at 603- 227-1199 or Port City in Portsmouth at 603-433-0056. Both hospitals will keep us up to date on your pet’s care so we can coordinate treatment, if needed.

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