There’s so much to consider – it’s not unusual to wonder how they – and you – will cope.
The truth is, in the past mobility options were limited for pets facing amputation. But custom-made pet prosthetics have become a popular choice because they help animals maintain their quality of life.
If your pet is having an amputation at another practice, please ask your vet to contact us before the limb is amputated. There are some essential requirements for the surgery that allow a prosthetic to function properly and maximise your pet’s comfort.
Treendale Pet Medical is a referral hospital for pets needing artificial limbs or limb braces in Bunbury and the South West. Our on-site services include:
Our on-site advanced imaging means we can provide an accurate diagnosis for your pet’s damaged limb or limbs. Post-surgery scans are also essential. They will help us plan for the custom-made prosthetic.
When possible, many decisions must be made prior to surgery. We dedicate time to careful planning so that the limb is amputated correctly, and an artificial limb is organised.
Dr Rob is a highly trained and experienced surgeon. He understands that it’s crucial to perform your pet’s surgery correctly. He will preserve as much of their limb as possible, so that prosthetics are an option.
An artificial limb or orthotic must fit exactly or it doesn’t work. That’s why they must be custom-built. It’s a tricky adjustment for an animal so we can help you and your pet with training and rehab exercises.
Whether your pet is a patient of ours or not, they may need a prosthetic limb or an orthotic brace if they have suffered any of the following:
If we are managing your pet’s amputation, we will take care of everything, from assessment of suitability and prognosis for a functional outcome, to scans, anaesthesia, surgery and recovery.
If your vet is carrying out the amputation – it’s essential they speak to us first, * before the operation*, to ensure the limb is removed correctly. Otherwise, it might not be possible for your pet to have an artificial limb fitted.
After surgery, we will need to take some more x-rays of your pet’s injured limb and a healthy one.
A mould of your pet’s leg will be made so that their prosthetic can be custom built for them.
When your pet’s prosthetic is ready, they will come in to have it fitted by Dr Rob.
Dr Rob will work with you and your pet while they adjust to their artificial limb – this will involve training and rehab exercises.
We know that serious pet accidents and illnesses can stretch the budget, so we offer Openpay to help you manage the cost of your pet’s treatment.
At Treendale Pet Medical Veterinary Hospital, we know your pet’s quality of life matters to you and to them.
Our skilled team will work with you, your pet and – when required – your vet, to give your pet the best outcome possible for a happy, active life.
Social distancing is easy for pets and people in our spacious waiting areas.