Whether because of trauma or a disease, limbs are amputated to relieve a dog’s pain and suffering. So, if you need to make that tough decision for your buddy, know that you’re doing it out of love. Then start helping your pooch heal.
Right off the bat, you’ll see how quickly and how well dogs cope with 3 legs instead of 4. During the postop period, you might need to work at keeping your pet quiet. On the other hand, even short walks may be tiring. That’s when an exercise regimen, hydrotherapy or working with a veterinary physical therapist may help your pooch gain strength. In the meantime, be sure favorite sleeping and eating spots are accessible and keep extra pounds off your buddy.
Limb amputations rarely slow dogs down for long. We’re the ones who need to get used to the idea.