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Dog Amputation ~ Helping Your Pet Manage

May 31, 2008
Depending upon the cause of your dog's amputation surgery, and whether or not there was an underlying disease or other condition at fault, you are going to have to work with your veterinarian or other specialist about rehabilitating the animal so that he can get back to good health and emotional stability.

For most pet owners this is their first experience with a pet amputation. People have concerns about exercising their pet after an amputation. They are concerned this may make matters worse for their pet. This could not be further from the truth.

Amazingly, within a week or two, dogs pretty much completely forget they are missing a limb. These doggie "tripods" (as they are called) can jump around, run, swim, play, and even climb stairs just as well as other dogs. They adapt very quickly to getting around on only three limbs.

Not only is it a delight to see your dog back to normal, with the exception of a hop or a limp (which he probably does not even notice), watching this quick healing process take place can lift your spirits as well.

Although your dog will bounce back to normal sooner than you may expect, and may be energetic and seemingly back to his old self, you still need to take a bit of care, and use some caution in order to help him prevent further injuries, at least at first.

For example, dog amputees with a prosthetic may have difficulty navigating slippery floors. They have trouble gripping the floor with their new prosthetic which may result in a slip and fall. To make it easier for your dog to manage, simply put down secure throw rugs.

You want to keep an eye on your pets remaining limbs and make sure that his other limbs are strong enough to hold the extra weight. Watch his movements on a daily basis and make sure that he is not getting slower or weaker. Should this happen, you have a couple options. You could use a harness, which is similar to a doggie wheelchair, anything that can help manage the extra weight. It is better to utilize a harness and keep his healthy legs strong instead of creating a situation where the dog will be immobile for the rest of his life.

If you find your dog is getting weaker, you can also utilize a pet stroller. You dog can happily sit in a pet stroller and enjoy family outings and the fresh air without having to support his weight. You can also use the pet stroller around the house to help him get from one room to another. The pet stroller can become a safe haven for your dog, and allow him to remain an integral part of your family.
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If you are parenting a dog amputee and want to help him get around and enjoy family outings pet strollers can be a helpful tool. There is a wide variety so find out which many dog strollers will be right for your family.
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