About My Pet's Brace
Press Release - My Pet's Brace is Expanding to a Third Location in the Greater Pittsburgh Area
October, 2018 – PITTSBURGH, PA – Union Orthotics & Prosthetics Co is opening a My Pet’s patient care facility in Pittsburgh this October to help more pets live happier lives with the use of custom leg braces. The 3rd generation family-owned company is applying their 30 years of experience in human orthotics and prosthetics to the veterinary industry. With the help of a leg brace, dogs who are limping and in pain can once again enjoy going for walks, interacting with their families, and playing with their two- and four-legged friends.
Katie Mirobelli, a veterinary technician, will be leading the new practice. In addition to her 10 years of experience working in veterinary emergency/critical care and day practice, Katie has trained extensively with My Pet’s Brace senior clinician and founder Jim Alaimo, at their Morgantown, PA facility.
Katie said, "I am excited for the unique opportunity to work with and bring the novel treatment option of custom leg braces to injured pets in the greater Pittsburgh area. Through this facility, we will be able to help so many pets walk and play comfortably again while providing their families with an alternative to surgery or an aid to rehabilitation."
My Pet's Brace was founded in 2010 by Jim Alaimo, a Prosthetist Orthotist, after he had provided orthotic and prosthetic care to humans for over 25 years. The custom veterinary braces are used to treat dogs with injuries in the knee, wrist, elbow and ankle. My Pet's Brace has fabricated over 5,300 devices, 83% of which are knee braces for dogs with Cranial Cruciate Ligament injuries, also knowns as ACL tears. These high-quality custom orthotic braces are used when surgery is not an option as well as a key component of rehabilitation and conservative management of orthopedic injuries.
Pet families choose a leg brace instead of surgery for their dog's injury or condition due to their pet’s advanced age, concern about the surgery recovery period, high financial cost of the surgery or the desire for a conservative management treatment of the injury. Veterinary professionals refer clients to My Pet’s Brace for the same reasons, but they also prescribe leg braces for pre- or post-surgical protection and as support for rehabilitation modalities.
The process of making a custom brace starts with a cast of the dog's leg. The cast of the dog's leg is made at a My Pet's Brace clinic or by the pet family's local veterinarian or rehabilitation professional. All devices are fabricated at the Morgantown, PA facility. The cast is filled with plaster to make a positive model of the leg. Using the model, the custom brace is made.
Contact My Pet's Brace Pittsburgh at:
657 Morganza Rd
Canonsburg, PA 15317