Limb Amputations at Creekside Animal Hospital & Wellness Center
It's hard to imagine a tougher prospect than the decision to have your beloved pet's limb amputated. Sometimes, however, the timely removal of a diseased or damaged limb can make all the difference in your pet's long-term health and comfort. If the disease in question is something that can spread throughout the body, such as cancer or an infection, you might even be saving your pet's life. Here at Creekside Animal Hospital & Wellness Center, our veterinarian can provide this surgical service for Lafayette & West Lafayette animals who need it.
When Do Animals Need Leg Amputations?
A variety of emergency situations might call for procedures such as leg amputations. One of the most obvious examples in cancer of the bone or other tissues. A malignant cancer that has the potential to metastasize is a clear and present danger to your pet. If more conservative techniques fail to contain the cancer, amputation can prove an invaluable option. A limb that has been mangled or crushed in a traumatic accident may not be salvageable, this too is a problem that might call for amputation.
Even when your pet's life or limb is not in immediate danger, you might have reasons to consider amputation. For instance, a neurological problem or a birth defect may mean that your pet suffers constant, agonizing pain in the affected limb. In such cases, amputation can serve as a humane, effective means of improving your pet's quality of life.
Skillful Surgery and High-Quality Aftercare From Your Veterinarian
Rest assured that your veterinarian at our animal hospital takes the subject of amputation just as seriously as you do. We will discuss your pet's needs in detail, going over the various surgical options your pet may have. Some surgeries remove only part of the limb, while others remove an entire leg and/or part of the pelvic area. We perform these procedures with the greatest care and concern for your pet's well-being.
Following the surgery, we will administer any necessary follow-up exams and make sure you know how to help your best friend recuperate. You'll be happy to know that pets generally adjust to getting around after an amputation with astonishing ease. They don't mind missing a limb as long as they're happy, mobile, and comfortable.
We Give Pets the Help They Need in Lafayette & West Lafayette
When pets need serious surgery such as limb amputation in Lafayette & West Lafayette, they need the services and skills of Creekside Animal Hospital & Wellness Center. Call us at (765)742-0140 today to schedule an appointment and discuss your pet's treatment options.