www.petdoghealthcare.com — Amputation Of A Limb – When Your Dog Must Have A Limb Removed Just recently my wife and I adopted a brand-new dog from the local rescue shelter. It is a mixed breed, the exact type unknown, but all we knew is that this lovable canine needed a good family with lots of love and affection. He was friendly and without a trace of aggression. However, there is one interesting aspect of our new dog that separates him from the rest of the shelter animals – he only has three legs. When this dog was rescued, he had just been in a terrible car accident which left him badly damaged with a leg that had to be amputated from the top of the thigh. Although we had no idea how differently to treat this dog due to inexperience with raising a canine that is missing limb, my wife and I researched and discussed the scenario with experienced veterinarians. Why Do Amputations Happen In The First Place? This was the first question which came to mind as we talked with people working in the dog field. What we found was interesting. For starters, it is a known fact that dogs are rarely born this way. It is typically a result of an accident or disease. The most common disease that causes amputations is bone cancer, which is extremely painful and obviously debilitating. However, although such a scenario might break a dog owner’s heart, getting a amputation surgery can bring much needed relief to the animal. Other common causes of amputations in dogs include accidents (like
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