What are prosthetics & orthotics?
An orthotic is a dynamic device providing support to a joint. Practically, this means your pet can run while wearing a custom made brace that supports their joint when their body can’t support it anymore. A prosthetic is a false limb replacement.
When is an orthotic or prosthetic a viable option?
In most cases, surgery is still the best option as it is normally a permanent solution. However, when a pet can’t have surgery, or your pet requires extra support post surgery, an orthotic can be a good option to keep your pet moving.
The orthotic can be fitted to support joints including the elbow and lower on the forelegs, or the knee and lower on the hindlegs.
The most common orthotic supports manufactured are for cranial cruciate rupture, followed by tarsal and carpal orthoses. There are many more we can have made, so please contact us if you think an orthotic or prosthetic device could help your pet.
Prosthetics are very new to New Zealand. There are a lot of 3-legged dogs here and most people feel they do fine. While most do cope, they can do better and walk or run further with a prosthetic. Prosthetics now give the old arthritic dogs an option if they need a partial amputation.
In order for prosthetics to work, we need to have half the tibia (shin bone) and radius (foreleg) present to secure the device comfortably.
What do we offer?
We offer orthotics as a “device + rehabilitation” package because teaching the dog to use it properly will give you the best outcome. The rehabilitation package includes the initial visit, a fitting visit plus two rehabilitation sessions to teach him/her how to use it. Some dogs need additional visits to help them adjust to their newly supported leg. These incur an additional cost.
The orthotic and prosthetic price can be given to you upon enquiry. There are too many support options to list!
We work with Orthopets USA to provide you with the latest technology and access their wealth of experience.
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