Why Amputate an Entire Leg if Only a Foot is Injured?


Emu Nichols has 3 legsZara Evens | more info (via: Wylio)
Kara left a comment on my previous post regarding a male tortoise shell cat. In the comment she mentioned a beloved cat whose foot had been gravely injured. The entire leg was amputated as a result.

This, unfortunately, is something that is necessary in many cases of gravely injured feet. If a foot is injured beyond any hope of healing, it must be amputated. The seemingly sensible step would be to amputate only the foot. Sadly, many (not all, but many) cats and dogs do not do well with only partial limbs. They frequently re-injure the stump, leading to chronic complications. So, in many cases the entire limb is removed to avoid these issues.

It’s an imperfect solution, to be sure. But there are two items of good news. First, remember that cats and dogs thrive perfectly well with only three limbs. Second, be aware that the field of prosthetic limbs for animals is making great progress. Soon I hope that cats and dogs in these sorts of situations will only lose the damaged part of their limbs, and then be fitted with a prosthetic replacement.

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