Risks Involved in Prosthetic Surgery for Cow

By: WHSV News Staff Email
By: WHSV News Staff Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY -- A prosthetic leg surgery may not be the best option for Hero, a baby calf with only two hooves.

Dr. Robert Callan, the head of livestock surgery at Colorado State University, will be the one to perform Hero's surgery; however, he has concerns about the calf's recovery.

"If we have to go to extensive prosthetics based on his size, I would say it's most likely he's going to have complications," said Callan. "It's probably at least a 50/50 bet that those complications may be severe enough down the road that he might need to be euthanized before his full length of life could be."

Dr. Callan suggested that a protective shoe-like replacement may be a safer and more cost efficient option for Hero. His owner, Kitty Martin, could find a local shoemaker to create a special "bootie" for Hero, which would only cost between $100 and $200 instead of $7,000 for surgery.

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