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Dealing with Limb Amputation in Pets

15 August 2014
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UK - The thought of our pets having a limb amputated doesn't bear thinking about, however but many animals cope well with having a limb removed and adapt to ‘tripawd’ life quickly.

When Jack Russell terrier Floyd arrived at the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Lewknor, it was obvious something was wrong.

He pulled his right hind leg along the floor behind him and couldn’t stand on it.

Lisa Kent, an Animal Welfare Assistant from our Lewknor centre, said: “When Floyd came to us, he was suffering from the consequences of an old injury.”

Blue Cross learned that before Floyd arrived, he had broken his pelvis and had been completely lame on his right hind leg ever since.

Lisa said: “This meant that he wasn’t even able to lift it off of the ground, and it was being dragged around every time he walked.

“Because the injury was clearly affecting his day to day life, vets recommended that his leg be amputated.”

One week on

Floyd recovered extremely well from surgery to remove his poorly leg and took to life as a ‘tripawd’ quickly.

Just one week after his operation he had made excellent progress at adapting to his new physique.

Lisa said: “Although he is still getting used to only having three legs, he is still a very happy little chap and is really enjoying life.”

In order to help Floyd adjust to life as a ‘tripawd’, the Blue Cross team developed a special routine that involved exercise little and often, with lots of time to rest too.

Lisa said: “He is currently having three 10-15 minute walks a day to help him get used to a new way of balancing and to also help build up the muscles in is other legs and back, although we don’t think it’ll be long before he is back to enjoying lovely long walks once he is fully recovered!”

When Floyd was healthy enough to leave the centre, he was rehomed to a new family who are continuing to help him get used to life on three legs and he is doing brilliantly.

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