Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat
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Just came across this 2020 study comparing cruciate tear surgeries versus conservative management:
Disease-related and overall survival in dogs with cranial cruciate ligament disease, a historical cohort study
Essentially, the surgeons found that dogs with no comorbidities (of which being an amputee would be one), who were treated with surgery lived a longer life with better quality of life than dogs who were treated with conservative management. Dogs in the second group met earlier deaths mainly due to mobility problems.
This study coincides with one done specifically about amputee dogs who had orthopedic leg surgeries. It was published a few years ago at Colorado State University. The Postamputation Orthopedic Surgery in Canine Amputees Study showed that post-amputation surgeries resulted in high owner satisfaction rates.
22 February 2013