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Adaptation of dogs to the amputation of a limb and their owners' satisfaction with the procedure
  1. J. Kirpensteijn, DVM, MS1,
  2. R. van den Bos, DVM1,1 and
  3. N. Endenburg, PhD1
  1. 1 Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, PO Box 80.154, 3508 TD Utrecht, The Netherlands


Forty-four Dutch dog owners were interviewed by telephone about their experiences with their dog after it had had a limb amputated. Most of the dogs adapted to walking on three legs within a month, sooner than most of the owners had expeded. There were few complications after the amputation, although changes in behaviour were observed in approximately one-third of the dogs.

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