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What to Know About Emergency Amputation Surgery for Dogs and Cats #ANIMALER

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Many Tripawds parents face the amputation decision under traumatic circumstances. If you're coping with this life-changing choice for your cat or dog, listen to the sage advice from Nat Geo WILD's Animal ER expert Dr. Brian Beale, DVM DACVS.

Things to Consider When Facing Amputation in an ER Setting

In this 15-minute, informative Tripawd Talk Radio show we'll ask Dr. Beale:

  • How do you assess whether or not a cricially injured animal is a candidate for amputation surgery?
  • How do you know if the leg is worth saving?
  • What are some things a pet parent should consider when you suggest amputation or limb salvage surgery?
  • What's your most memorable amputation recovery story that you can recall?
  • And finally, what is the WILDEST animal you've ever amputated a limb on, and how did they do?


Dr. Beale is a renowened board-certified veterinary surgeon and partner at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists (GCVS) in Houston, Texas.  His work is spotlighted in the Nat Geo WILD show "Animal ER," which follows the highly trained doctors and staff of Houston’s GCVS as they perform high-end, specialized veterinary medicine on domestic and exotic animals.

Dr. Brian Beale's innovative treatment plans, extensive experience and surgical skills help to maximize each patient’s chances of a positive outcome. Dr. Beale keeps busy with 10 to 20 surgeries a week. He hosts a weekly radio show about pet health, lectures around the world, and is an adjunct professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also co-author of the industry-defining textbook, Small Animal Arthroscopy.

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