Dog Leg Amputation Recovery
Dogs that have experienced surgical amputation of a leg require special care. Following amputation, it will take some time for them to heal and adjust. Fortunately, dogs are not like humans and do not experience the same psychological effects as people following amputation.
After surgery, you need to ensure good hygiene to prevent infection of the wound. You also need to keep your pet comfortable as they heal. If the amputation was due to an underlying condition, such as cancer, it’s important to follow your veterinarian’s orders regarding follow-ups and medication.
Following surgery, your pet will most likely require confinement. This is for their protection and to ensure proper healing of the wound. While confined, you’ll want to keep them comfortable and entertained. It’s important not to allow your pet to run or jump during the recovery period. This might be difficult, but is crucial while they heal.
Following amputation, your dog will need to build strength in their existing limbs. Your veterinarian can provide you with a safe exercise plan. This typically involves increasing the amount of exercise slowly to allow your pet to adjust and build muscle. Ask your veterinarian about alternative forms of exercise including swimming, which might be easier for your pet. A veterinary physiotherapist can provide you with additional help and information during this period.
Protecting the Other Leg in Forelimb Amputees
Dogs that have undergone forelimb amputation require special care to ensure the continued health of their other leg. Forelimb amputees put additional stress on their other forelimb, especially when lying down and rising. It is because of this, that forelimb amputees have an increased risk of elbow trauma. Proper protection of the elbow is important.
DogLeggs™ for Amputees provide coverage, support, and protection of the elbow in forelimb amputees. Specially designed for dogs with a full limb amputation, the product consists of a vest and a single sleeve, which delivers much needed coverage and protection of the elbow.
This product is made to size for each pet, ensuring adequate coverage and the perfect fit. The vest is constructed of lightweight fleece-faced material. This makes it breathable and comfortable to wear. It also allows for the wicking of moisture. The elbow cuff provides sufficient padding even for large breeds.
DogLeggs™ for Amputees is machine washable and easy to apply. The product has Velcro fasteners for quick application and removal. The product helps prevent and treat numerous conditions in dogs with forelimb amputation including:
- Elbow Hygroma
- Pressure Sores
- Lick Granuloma
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Elbow Osteoarthritis
- Wounds, Abrasions, and Incisions
Revolutionary Products for Amputees
We design our DogLeggs™ products for ease of use and quality. We take great care to ensure that all of our products provide adequate support and protection for a wide range of conditions. Our products are one of the few recommended by veterinarians for the treatment and prevention of hygromas. Please contact us for more information about our DogLeggs™ for Amputees.