A limb amputation may seem like a drastic course of action for your pet, but the procedure is carried out with the purpose of improving your pet’s quality of life. It is also only recommended where our veterinary team believes that it is in the very best interests of your pet.
There are primarily three different scenarios in which our experienced and compassionate veterinarians may recommend an amputation.
Drinking lots of water
Frequent or reoccurring diarrhea
Dramatic change in appetite (eating a lot or not eating at all)
Lack of energy
Weight gain or weight loss
Stiffness when walking or jumping
Hormonal changes in the body such as low thyroid or diabetes.
Your pet could be experiencing stomach or intestine problems caused by infection, food intolerance, or an autoimmune disease.
Hematologic (spleen and blood)
Sometimes our pets bodies will either destroy or not produce enough red or white blood cells for everyday living.
The liver has a large responsibility in the body, from filtering blood to producing blood clotting factors. Due to its high blood supply the liver is prone to many toxins and diseases that can have damaging effects.
Lung problems affecting your pet include bronchitis, asthma, or pneumonia.
Just like people, our pets are prone to urinary tract infections, bladder/kidney stones and urinary incontinence.
Caused by injury, age, or breed related issues. Common neurologic issues include slip disc, back or neck nerve pain, or sciatica.
You know your pet best and we value owners input. Dr. Jay will diagnose the problem and work closely with owners to create an appropriate treatment plan for your pet. Diagnostic tools Dr. Jay uses to diagnose disorders include digital X-rays, veterinary ultrasound and IDEXX laboratories for blood, fecal and urine analysis.
Dr. Jay may need to take tissue samples (biopsies) to have evaluated by a board certified pathologist to identify what is happening in the organs at the cell level.
A feeding tube placement may be needed if your pet is unable to eat and needs nutritional support.
Fine needle aspirates and cytology
Dr. Jay will take small samples of tissue to examine under a microscope to assess what’s happening.
Dr. Jay may instruct owners with at home treatments and medications to care for and maintain your pet’s health in a comfortable environment.
Feed your pet the highest quality pet food you can find. Ask the care team for recommendations.
Regular exercise can contribute to your pet’s health. Ask the care team for specific recommendations.
An annual comprehensive wellness exam including blood work is recommended if your pet is over the age of 7 to detect signs of disease.
Whether your pet is experiencing symptoms or you are dedicated to your pet’s preventative care