Amputation in Dogs and Cats


Amputation is a surgical procedure often recommended for pets suffering from severe injury, cancer, or limb deformities that cannot be corrected through other means. This surgery involves the removal of a limb or part of a limb to alleviate pain, prevent disease spread, and improve the quality of life for your pet.

Why This Surgery?

Amputation may be considered for several reasons, including but not limited to severe trauma, irreparable bone or joint disease, and cancer. Although the decision can be difficult, amputation can provide relief from chronic pain and allow your pet to lead a more active and comfortable life.

Why Perform Surgery at Allied Veterinary Service?

  • Our surgeons have undergone rigorous residency training in small animal orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. 
  • Patients receiving this procedure typically receive regional pain blocks and or epidurals to ensure the best experience possible for your beloved pet.  
  • Our doctors will care for your pet 24/7 before and after your pet’s surgery and tailor treatment according to the patient’s needs. 

What Does the Surgery Involve?

The extent of the amputation depends on the condition being treated. Procedures may range from the removal of a portion of a limb (partial amputation) to the removal of an entire leg. Our surgeons use advanced techniques to minimize discomfort and promote a quick recovery.

Benefits of Surgery:

  • Pain Relief: Removes the source of chronic pain, significantly improving your pet's comfort.
  • Enhanced Mobility: Many pets adapt quickly post-amputation and regain mobility.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Eliminates the diseased or injured limb, allowing your pet to enjoy everyday activities again.

Risks and Complications:

  • Surgical Risks: As with any surgery, there are risks of anesthesia, bleeding, and infection, which are minimized through careful monitoring and post-operative care.
  • Adaptation Period: Pets may require time to adjust to their new physical state, including balance and mobility.
  • Phantom Limb Pain: Some pets may experience sensations from the absent limb, typically managed with medication.

Recovery and Aftercare:

  • Pain Management: We provide comprehensive pain relief plans to ensure your pet's comfort during the recovery period.
  • Rehabilitation: Physical therapy may be recommended to strengthen the remaining limbs and improve balance.
  • Home Care: Adjustments to your home environment can help your pet navigate more easily.

Cost Considerations:

Our team will provide a detailed estimate of the costs associated with the amputation, including the surgery, hospitalization, pain management, and any necessary rehabilitation.

Final Thoughts:

Choosing amputation for your pet is a significant decision made out of love and care for their well-being. Our compassionate team at Allied Veterinary Service is here to guide you through this process, offering support and expertise to ensure the best possible outcome for your pet.

Legal Disclaimer:

This pamphlet is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute veterinary advice. Treatment outcomes vary among individual pets. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best course of action for your pet.

Contact Us:

Allied Veterinary Service - Emergency and Referral
8301 93rd Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(763) 463-9800
Open 24 hours