The Effect of Limb Amputation on Standing Weight Distribution in the Remaining Three Limbs in Dogs

Published:  Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology (VCOT). 2017; 30(1):59-61. doi:  10.3415/VCOT-16-05-0075.

Authors:  G. L. Cole (1), D. L. Millis (2)
(1) Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, South Houston, TX, USA
(2) University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, TN, USA

Summary:  Despite the fact that limb amputation is a commonly performed procedure in veterinary medicine, quantitative data regarding outcomes are lacking.  The intention of this study was to evaluate the effect of limb amputation on weight distribution to the remaining three limbs at a stance in dogs.  Ten dogs with a prior forelimb amputation and ten dogs with a prior hindlimb amputation; all of which had no history of orthopaedic or neural disease in the remaining three limbs were included int he study.  Standing weight bearing was evaluated with a commercial stance analyzer in all dogs.  Five valid trials were obtained and a mean percentage of weight bearing was calculate for each remaining limb.  The dogs with a previous forelimb amputation, and also those with a previous hindlimb amputation, had the largest mean increase in weight bearing in the contralateral forelimb.  In conclusion, proactive monitoring of orthopaedic disease in the contralateral forelimb may be advisable in dogs with a previous limb amputation.  In addition, when determining candidacy for a limb amputation, disease of the contralateral forelimb should be thoroughly evaluated.

Key words:  dog, gait analysis, amputation, musculoskeletal diseases

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