Leg Amputation at Our Etobicoke Animal Hospital
At Northwood Veterinary Hospital in Etobicoke, our team offers limb amputation in addition to other veterinary services. Our team is highly experienced in this procedure and has helped many pet owners with pets who needed a leg amputation.
What Is Limb Amputation?
Limb amputation is a surgical procedure that involves removing all or part of an animal's limb, typically due to injury or infection. In some cases, the limb may be removed to reduce pain caused by arthritis or another condition.
What Are the Signs Leg Amputation Would Benefit Your Pet?
Your pet may benefit from a leg amputation if they are showing signs of:
- Limping or refusing to bear weight on the affected limb
- Reduced mobility due to severe arthritis or joint pain
- Significant swelling and/or infection in the affected limb
- Uncontrolled bleeding
Where Is the Leg Amputated?
Typically, the veterinarian will amputate the leg where the leg and body meet. This will help to ensure that the animal is still able to balance and can maintain mobility. The portion of the leg that remains will not interfere with movement, nor will it become a larger problem.
What Are the Benefits of Leg Amputation?
The main benefit of a leg amputation is improved quality of life for the pet. Leg amputations can often reduce pain, improve mobility, and even extend your pet's lifespan. Additionally, it can increase their mobility, enabling them to move more easily and take part in activities or play.
Can Pets Use Limb Prosthetics?
Yes, some animals can use prosthetics to help them regain mobility. Prosthetics can be custom-made for pets. Prosthetics are not always the best option for pets, and your veterinarian will work with you to determine if a prosthetic would benefit your pet.
What Care Do Pets Need After Amputation?
It's important to provide proper care for your pet after the amputation. Your vet will provide you with instructions on how to care for your pet, and you should follow their advice. Aftercare usually involves keeping the area clean, providing pain relief, and monitoring the pet regularly for any signs of infection or further health issues.
How Can You Learn More About Leg Amputation?
At Northwood Veterinary Hospital in Etobicoke, our priority is your pet’s health and comfort. We understand how difficult it can be to make the decision to amputate a limb. That’s why we strive to provide you with the best possible care for your pet. Contact our animal hospital at 000-000-0000 to learn more.