Prosthetics for dogs

4-legged animals do better and suffer less compensatory problems than their 3-legged friends.

Clinical evidence
Prosthetics for peets is no longer considered strange or foolish. 4-legged patients have demonstrated that they enjoy using prosthetics enabling a return to an active functional life
Integrative Systems
Prosthetics are designed with cutting edge integrative systems of inner padding, exterior socket shell designs, and shock-absorbing materials
Faux-paw
Evidence based methodologies are used to shape and contour the design of the prosthetic artificial paw, the faux-paw, to restore complex walking and running force dynamics

An OrthoPets Prosthesis (animal prosthetic) can be a great solution providing mobility and restoration of your pet/patient’s comfort and biomechanics. The old saying that a 3-legged dog does fine has been disproven through advanced research at Colorado State University among other research facilities. 4-legged animals do better and suffer less compensatory problems than their 3-legged friends.

There are many reasons why a pet/patient presents with a missing a leg including trauma, congenital deformity, or related orthopedic and oncological issues. Regardless of the reason, OrthoPets fabricates a custom state-of-the-art prosthesis for each animal’s specific needs.

OrthoPets will evaluate the animal’s residual limb, patient goals, and medical history to determine if the pet/patient is an appropriate candidate for our innovative prosthetic solutions. Considerations for candidacy include amount of remaining limb, condition of remaining anatomical joints, condition of the skin along the end of the remaining limb, and evaluation of the radiographs (x-rays) of the limb.

Through the appropriate application and use of an OrthoPets Prosthetics (animal prosthetics), coupled with rehabilitation therapy, your pet/patient can regain lost quality of life, mobility, comfort, and function.

Front leg prosthetics

In order for a pet/patient to be a candidate for a front leg prosthetic device, there are three minimum requirements needed:

1). The pet/patient needs to have at least 40-50% of the radius and ulna remaining so that the pet/patient can control the prosthetic. Less than this amount of radius and ulna means the patient is unable to control the length of the socket prosthesis with its forearm.

2). The pet/patient must have a functional elbow joint in order to control the prosthesis. This means that the pet/patient needs to have full control over its muscles and condition of the elbow joint must be amenable to use of the limb during weight-bearing.

3). The prosthesis must be able to gain purchase and suspension from the humerus. This requires access to the medial side of the humerus approaching the patient’s armpit.

Back leg prosthetics

In order for a pet/patient to be a candidate for a back leg prosthetic device, there are three minimum requirements needed:

1). The pet/patient must have at least 40-50% of the tibia and fibula remaining so that the patient can control the prosthetic. Less than this amount of tibia and fibula means the patient is unable to control the length of the socket prosthesis.  

2). The pet/patient must have a functional stifle and hip joint in order to control the prosthesis. This means that the patient needs to have full control over its muscles and condition of the stifle and hip joints must be amenable to use of the limb during weight-bearing.

3). If the amputation or limb deformity is above the tarsus joint, the prosthesis will gain purchase and suspension onto of the pet/patient’s lumbar spine and a contralateral femoral cuff. This requires access to the medial side of both femurs and the pet/patient’s ability to wear a chest harness.

If the amputation or limb deformity is below the tarsus joint (pet/patient presents with both medial and lateral malleoli and the calcaneus, the prosthesis will gain purchase and suspension above these bony landmarks.

OrthoPets devices are custom fabricated based off of an impression of your patient’s/pet’s leg. We fabricate each orthotic brace or prosthetic device to support the therapeutic mobility goals.

Manufacturing & Order Fulfillment Timeline:

  • The fabrication time for an orthosis is 9 business days. The fabrication for a prosthesis is 15 business days. A “rush” service of 7 business days. OrthoPets provides custom devices and therefore, fabrication will not begin until full payment has been received.

Shipping & Costs:

  • OrthoPets utilizes only FedEx to ship from our fabrication center in Denver, CO. All packages coming from OrthoPets are tracked and insured to ensure your pet’s brace arrives as quickly and safely as possible.
  • If you are shipping a device back for adjustment, please discuss your pet’s device with an OrthoPets VOP Specialist prior to shipping back to us and please ensure the device is labeled with your pet’s name and your contact information. Please use the shipping courier of your choice.
  • Domestic shipping: Free shipping is normally included with devices.
  • International shipping: Normally $50 – $80 depending on region.  International shipping may be subject to import fees and/or taxes depending on the law of the country of where the device will be shipped.

Shipping Timeline:

  • Domestic shipping: Normally delivered within three (3) FedEx business days (Mon-Fri) by 4:30pm for businesses and by 8:00pm for residences.
  • International shipping: Normally delivered within five (5) FedEx business days (Mon-Fri) by 4:30pm for businesses and by 8:00pm for residences.
  • Deliveries to U.S. Territories, APO/FPO and some rural addresses may take longer
  • Please note that shipping arrival dates are best estimates. OrthoPets is not responsible for delays incurred by FedEx or other 3rd party shippers.

Please Note:

  • OrthoPets is not responsible for weather delays, pandemics, and other factors out of our control.
  • OrthoPets is closed and orders/cases will not be processed or shipped on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • If you have any questions, please contact us.

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