My spouse and I only recently got a new dog from the community rescue shelter. It is not a pure-breed but, as with other dogs, the adorable creature needed a nice family that could provide lots of attention and care. Our family is not perfect but we’re better than most! The dog was gentle and very sociable. There was actually one characteristic that made him stand out among the rest of the dogs in the shelter – he has only three legs. Good thing he didn’t have multiple heads!
The dog had been rescued from an unfortunate car accident that caused his leg to be amputated. I guess he’s never driving a car again! Having no clue as to how to care for dog with a missing leg, we did some research and consulted with different veterinarians.
Why Are Dogs Amputated Anyway?
We asked this to the people we talked to during our research. What we learned was truly interesting. For instance, a dog is seldom born with only three legs. More often than not, it is caused by some type of disease or by a terrible accident. Bone cancer is the most common disease to cause an amputation. For most dog owners, this can be a tough and painful decision but it can provide the dog loads of relief.
Usually, dog amputations are caused by accidents, birth defects, neurological disorders and unfortunately- maltreatment.
Learning of a pet’s need for an amputation can cause hesitation in any dog owner’s mind, no matter the cause. Although valid, fearing the process is really pointless. Three legged dogs can still enjoy a good life. They will eventually get used to moving with three legs and will not even remember the pain they went through.
Mental And Physical Healing
Have you ever met a person who has lost an arm or a leg? If so,did you notice how that person is still able to live a meaningful life? A most amputees come to accept their situation, they start to adapt and move on thus enjoying productive lives.
This time, picture an amputated dog. Dogs show more resiliency and flexibility than an average human. It will usually just take less than a week for it heal pmentally and emotionally. There may be a limp but they wouldn’t feel bad about themselves. After an operation like that, you dog will still be the fun-loving buddy that you adore.
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