The thought of their dog losing a leg is devastating to pet owners everywhere. The need to amputate a limb could be the result of numerous things. I hope it never happens to you or your fur child, but if it does, take the time to pause and repeat after me:
“This isn’t as bad as it seems.”
While pet owners are crushed and in tears over the news that their beloved pet needs to have a limb removed, veterinarians are almost relieved because we have likely been presented with a pet in a dire situation, such as cancer, and can actually offer owners and that pet a cure! Oftentimes, we don’t have that luxury, so when we have a problem we can fix, it’s a wonderful feeling!
A chance to cut is a chance to cure.
Don’t give up on your pet. A dog will always be a dog, which is their beauty.
While it is obviously not ideal or what anyone–vet, pet owners or pet–limb amputation may bring surprising joy and happiness back to your and your pet’s life.
The trouble? Convincing pet owners their dog or cat can live a wonderfully satisfying life sans one limb.
It should go without saying, but I believe still lurks in the pet owner’s mind, that dogs don’t stare at three-legged dogs, and they aren’t treated any differently at doggy day care. Dogs don’t recognize disabilities, and they don’t feel sorry for themselves if they are down one leg.
Also, remember, for a human to lose a limb, we are losing half of our means to be mobile. Dogs are blessed with four, so losing 1/4 is not as life-altering.
The surgery itself is relatively straight-forward, but I think it is coming to see their pets in the hospital after the surgery that is so hard for pet owners. They cry and break down, so saddened to see Fido without all limbs.
Of course it is natural for pet owners to experience these emotions. I do not intend to make light of them in the least, but only want to tell more owners that the story usually has a happy ending.
Given a month to six weeks of recovery time, chances are VERY good your pet will be frolicking, chasing, and jumping just as before, and have a much better shot at a long and happy life without the diseased limb.
All too often, pet owners are so upset upon hearing that amputation is needed that they are worried their pet will suffer embarrassment or immobility and their minds are made up to euthanize. Sadly, they think this is the kind option. Don’t take my word for it? Get a second vet opinion! Ask a vet and you will hear the same happy endings time and again.
If we could only learn to move forward and work with what we have like dogs do. There is much we have to learn from our pets.
Tell me, what do you think about removing a dog’s leg to save a life? Do you think you would do it?
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