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Emergency Care and Treatment

Limb Amputation in Cats

Limb Amputation in Cats

Most cats who need to have a leg surgically removed will do perfectly fine. Here's everything you should know about this life-saving procedure.

Consider this frightening occurrence: A cat darts into the street near his home and is struck by a car. One or more of the bones in one leg are severely broken, and a quick trip to the nearest veterinary clinic yields some very upsetting news. The fractured limb is beyond surgical repair, and the cat’s owners are faced with a limited set of options as explained by the veterinarian: Either the injured cat should be euthanized, or the fractured limb should be amputated.

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