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My Pet's Brace takes pride in providing innovative clinical solutions for your pet's leg problems. Whether your pet is a young, active athlete or leads a more sedentary life, injury and disease cause problems that can be addressed with orthotic leg braces or prosthetic devices.
As with humans, pets sustain injuries to their bones, muscles, joints and ligaments that require bracing to protect the injured area or restrict motion. The reduced function caused by diseases such as cancer, bone tumors, arthritis or degenerative joint disease can be improved by a brace that provides assistance, protection and support. In certain situations a prosthesis may be needed for replacement of a missing leg.
Fortunately, with the advent of modern new materials, My Pet's Brace can fabricate devices that weren't possible just a few years ago. Today we are able to make leg braces for dogs and prostheses with ultra-light plastics, cutting-edge carbon fiber and super-strong resins that can withstand even the wear and tear created by very active, very happy pets.
Front Limb Orthotics
PAW...Injuries to paws or front limbs in dogs and other pets may require a carpal (wrist) brace to support or immobilize the paw, carpal and metacarpal area. Injuries such a Carpal Collapse, Knuckling or Paralysis, Joint Instability, Hyperextension, Arthrodesis, or Severe Strains can be addressed with a brace that supports and protects the carpal and paw. Carpal braces are generally used on a short-term basis pre- or post-surgically or can be used long-term for nerve injury problems.
ELBOW...If the injury is above the paw and carpal (wrist), we can provide a brace that supports or immobilizes the elbow joint and the long bones in the front limb, both above and below the elbow. Injuries and diseases such as such as Arthritis, Degenerative Joint Disease, and Chronic Instability of the Elbow can be successfully treated with braces that wrap around the back aspect of the limb. Elbow braces for dogs and other pets are often used on a short-term basis either pre- or post-surgically and can be used for long-term correction of chronic instability.
Hind Limb Orthotics
PAW...Hind leg braces are widely used to support, immobilize or protect the area at or above the paw. Common paw injuries and diseases such as Fractures, Knuckling, Paralysis, Arthrodesis, Luxation and Severe Strains can be addressed with braces that support and protect the paw.
HOCK or HEEL...Since many injuries occur in the hind legs of both athletic and aging animals, hock braces for dogs are commonly used for injuries and diseases such as Achilles Tendon Injury or Repair, Arthrodesis, Contracture Management, Tendonitis, and Nerve Injury.
STIFLE or KNEE...Like humans, dogs routinely injure their anterior (ACL) or Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) in their knees. Since the ACL/CCL prevents subluxation (partial dislocation) of the knee joint, maintaining its integrity is of primary concern. Stifle (knee) braces for dogs are used to control various unwanted knee motions. Our ACL/CCL stifle brace controls movement of the femur on the tibia, but variations of the brace are also used for Medial and Lateral Instability, Contracture and Fracture Management, Arthrodesis, and Varus/Valgus Deformities. Post-surgically, dog knee braces provide support for TLPO and Lateral Suture surgery. Pre-surgically, dog knee braces are used in juvenile dogs with open proximal tibial growth plates.
SPINAL...Cervical and thoracic injuries or congenital abnormalities such as Torticollis in dogs can be addressed with stabilization of the spine. Depending on the type of brace, control of flexion, extension and some rotary motion can be obtained with a custom brace.
Some animals can lead a fairly normal three legged life without the need for prosthetic replacement. However, at My Pet's Brace we realize that there are times when body weight or activity level necessitates the need for additional support and increased function. We are able to fabricate prosthetic limbs that can replace the fore limb at the carpal, radius and ulnar (i.e. below the elbow joint) and in the hind limb below the knee joint. A prosthesis allows equal weight bearing on both legs which is advantageous because it eliminates overuse syndrome on the sound side of the shoulder, hip, or spine.
Prosthetics are also used immediately following surgical removal of the non-functional portion of a leg in order to keep the surgical site clean, reduce edema, prevent contractures and improve mobility. These temporary or immediate post-operative prostheses can be made to be removed in order to check the surgical site on a routine basis.