For pet owners, making the decision to proceed with limb amputations can be heartbreaking and difficult. Nevertheless, sometimes limb amputations are the only way to ensure your pet continues to live a good, healthy life. A veterinarian on our veterinary team can help explain the different options you have for your pet's treatment, and whether or not amputating is the right, albeit difficult, choice for your pet.
At Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital, we know it's not easy to make these drastic decisions. You might have questions regarding surgery, the recovery process, and other options for your pet. We're here to answer your questions about limp amputations, pet surgery, and more. We can help residents of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada get animal care for their pets at our animal hospital.
What Are Limb Amputations?
Limb amputations are a special type of surgery done by veterinarians. This type of animal care is designed to remove a limb from your pet, be it a leg, tail, or paw.
Limb amputations are never the first choice when it comes to animal care. A veterinarian on our team will try to avoid amputating your pet's limb, but if medication or other types of treatment have not worked to treat the underlying problem, then limb amputation might be the best choice.
Limb amputations may be necessary for a variety of medical reasons, including:
- Traumatic injuries that are simply too difficult to treat with surgery alone, such as crushing injuries during a car accident
- Infections from wounds that have the risk of spreading to other parts of your pet's body
- Tumors or growths that are cancerous and might also spread, causing your pet even more distress
- Physical deformities that your cat or dog is born with
How Long Will My Pet’s Stay at the Animal Hospital Be?
A veterinarian on our veterinary team can help answer any specific questions about limb amputations and pet surgery, such as how long your pets stay will be at an an animal hospital and follow-up care. However, your pet might only need to stay at an animal hospital for one night, and then return home to recover. The recovery process might take anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks, provided you listen to the vet's animal care instructions and no infections arise.
Get Pet Surgery and Animal Care at from a Veterinarian at Our Animal Hospital
At Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital serving Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, we're here to help pets get the care they need to thrive and be healthy. Call us at (604) 536-3131 to see how we can help your pet live a longer, happy life with the help of pet surgery.