Q. Have an Aussie with dislocated elbow and Vet recommends amputation . Would this be good for a young active dog?

A. Elbow dislocation is a very tough injury to repair properly. The repairs fail pretty frequently, although in the hands of a competent surgeon (preferably a board-certified surgeon) they have a chance of succeeding. If amputation is the only option (i.e. No qualified surgeon is available or repair has failed once) then amputation is pretty much the only alternative. As long as your dog is solid on the remaining 3 legs - and I recommend evaluating this thoroughly, with xrays if necessary - then he can have a great life as a tripod.

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A. An elbow dislocation is a severe injury which requires significant force. If there are bone fragments/chips associated with the injury, amputation may be the best option. If you are keen to avoid this, you should seek referral to an orthopedic specialist to review her x-rays and discuss options to reconstruct this, be aware that early arthritis would be expected to develop in any injured elbow

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