While the idea of your pet losing a limb can be very difficult to accept, animals have an amazing ability to adapt to getting around on three legs. For many pets who require an amputation, they have already gotten used to walking on three legs due to the surgical limb being painful or nonfunctional. There are several factors, however, that can greatly affect your pet's ability to cope with the change. For example, pets who are extremely overweight, who have arthritis or mobility issues in other limbs, or who have other serious health conditions (kidney disease, heart failure, etc) are likely to have a difficult time adapting, and amputation may not be the best course of action. We are happy to discuss your pets individual case and help you decide what is best for your individual pet.