Although it involves major surgery, amputation can actually help animals, rather than hinder them, by removing their source of pain and suffering. Limb amputation in animals is designed to make their life better, after all, and will only take place if the vet thinks the procedure can achieve this.
Recovery: Typical recovery, as long as the animal isn’t too active during the healing process, is about 10-14 days. However, full recovery can take up to a few months
Risks: Like any surgical procedure, there is associated risk with anesthesia and surgery itself, but the overall incidence of complications is very low. Before the procedure, your pet is given a thorough physical examination to ensure that she is in good health. General anesthesia is administered to perform the surgery and medications are given to minimize pain. You will be asked to keep your pet calm and quiet for a few days after surgery as the incision begins to heal.