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My Pet's Brace featured in O&P Almanac article on veterinary O&P, September 2012
My Pet's Brace co-founder Jim Alaimo was interviewed for the September 2012 issue of O&P Almanac, for their story "Gone to the Dogs" about the growing interest in veterinary orthotics and prosthetics. Here are a few excerpt from the article, with a link at the bottom to read more.
"With more than 77 million dogs belonging to more than 43 million owners in the United States, dogs and other pets are no longer just companions; they are often considered a beloved member of the American family. Pet owners are willing to go above and beyond to care for their four-legged friends.
"Most O&P professionals spend time working on animals in training and early on in their careers, and many are taught that animals can operate just fine on three legs. While that may be true, it’s also true that an existence on three legs ordinarily leads to limited mobility, limb breakdown, and severe pain issues. Over the past decade, further exploration into those issues and the evolution of specialized veterinary care has shown that orthotic and prosthetic solutions can improve the length and quality of life for injured and amputee animals."
"Many pet owners turn to orthotics and prosthetics as a more affordable or feasible alternative to expensive or risky surgeries. While one might think cost is the most noted deterrent keeping an owner from choosing pricey surgery for a pet, according to research by the American Pet Products Association, Americans will spend an estimated $52.87 billion on their pets in 2012, with $13.59 billion going toward medical care. Most often, an owner will turn to O&P because the animal has been deemed unfit for surgery due to its age or a severe medical condition. Ten or 15 years ago, sick and injured pets were often euthanized because no other alternatives were available, but V-OP provides a second chance at life—and a high-quality one at that."
"My Pet’s Brace is one of just three businesses in the United States that provides orthotic and prosthetic strictly to animals."
"Orthotic braces are typically fabricated out of lightweight polypropylene, co-polymer, and polyethylene, which are durable, long-lasting, and easy to clean. Carbon graphite or pre-impregnated composites can be used in braces for extremely active dogs or those with weight issues. A typical brace can be provided to a dog with a knee injury for approximately $700; that’s a viable option when you consider that surgery could cost upwards of $3,000. V-OP “gives owners and their pets another alternative that they never had before,” says Alaimo. Plus, he adds, with surgery there are no guarantees. After the operation, a very active dog could easily blow out that knee again."
Read the entire article here.