A common condition OrthoPets is presented with are patients with Osteosarcoma affecting the carpus (wrist). Osteosarcoma is a bone cancer known to be very aggressive and can spread to other parts of the dog’s body. Bone cancer is most commonly diagnosed in larger breeds, but can affect all breeds. In addition to a thorough physical exam, your veterinarian may recommend diagnostic imaging to assess the severity of the affected bone and identify if the cancer has spread elsewhere.
Once the progression of your pets cancer has been assessed, your veterinarian will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Not only can Osteosarcoma be very painful, but when the bone is affected, it loses its integrity and the dog is more susceptible to pathological fractures. Typically, amputation is recommended. In some cases, the patient may not be candidate for surgery or is physically incapable of being able to support themselves as a 3-legged dog. In these cases, an OrthoPets Carpal Orthosis may be an appropriate addition to your veterinarian’s treatment plan. The OrthoPets Carpal Orthosis is designed to support the limb, decrease instability, decrease the chances of pathological fractures and hopefully in conjunction with your veterinarian’s pain management protocol, decrease pain and discomfort.
To learn more about our dog wrist brace (carpal orthosis), take a look at our Carpal Orthosis page and our gallery to view patients enjoying life with their dog wrist brace.
Talk to your veterinarian about an OrthoPets dog wrist brace. OrthoPets has US Partner Clinics and worldwide Distributors to help you and your pet on your journey to restored comfort and mobility. We are here to support you and your pet’s condition. If you and your veterinarian are considering an amputation, please take a look at our Common Injuries: Animal Prosthetics and our Thoracic (forelimb) Prosthetics page for more information about limb length requirements and how an OrthoPets Prosthetic Solution may be beneficial for your pet.