The Truth About Tripods – When Is It Best To Amputate?

Three legged "tripod" dog at the dog park

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Whether due to cancer or injury, many pet parents have agonized over the possibility of having to amputate a pet’s limb. But do we anthropomorphize or empathize too much with our dogs and cats in this situation?

“People get hung up on the idea of losing a limb, and dogs really don’t care,” she says. “They just want to run and be happy.”

These pet parents and veterinary professionals want to provide the best quality of life for our companion animals. Could you make the choice to amputate, if it means your dog or cat would avoid pain?

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