Prosthetics for cats and dogs cost between $600 and $800. The price for larger animals, such as cows, llamas and horses, ranges from $800 to $2,000.
For Cassidy, the three-legged shepherd, even the most sophisticated external prosthetic didn't work. Marcellin-Little made two different artificial limbs for him. But because of Cassidy's odd-shaped leg, the devices didn't stay on.
That's when Posovsky and his wife, Susan, decided to move forward with osseointegration, in hopes of giving their dog the joy of being able to go for long walks with them on the beach.
"Cassidy had every reason not to be a nice dog, and have an attitude," said Posovsky of the practically hairless mutt he adopted from the pound. "But this dog -- you can't even make him mad if you tried. That's how sweet he is. He is just the most wonderful, deserving, loving animal there is."
For more on animal amputation, go to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
SOURCES: Denis Marcellin-Little, DEDV, professor, orthopedics, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh; Steve Posovsky, retired dentist, Delray Beach, Fla.; Amy Kaufmann, co-owner, OrthoPets, Denver
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