Canine Stifle Orthotic in the Dog

Australind Veterinary Hospital continues to lead the way in veterinary innovation in Bunbury. V-OP or veterinary orthotics and prosthetics are now available at Australind Veterinary Hospital.

It is important to get a custom made orthotic for your pet. A loose fitting orthosis or prosthesis will not work efficiently. Poorly fitting devices also cause rubbing and serious pressure sores. I mention this because it is possible to buy “off the shelf” V-OP products over the internet.

You can imagine this just isn’t appropriate. Imagine if you got someone else’s artificial leg! It is easy to understand that it probably wouldn’t fit right? Well, it is the same for animals!

It is important to have a leg or brace that fits. V-OP braces must fit the leg tightly to be able to take loading forces when your pet weight bears. If the device slips at the moment of weight loading, the device simply doesn’t work. This is why it is so critical for a custom made device to be made to fit your pet’s leg.

Veterinary orthotic devices can be used in many cases as alternatives to surgery. An orthosis can be made for the carpus and the elbow in the front leg and for the stifle and hock in the back leg. Carpal and stifle injuries are particularly common in dogs. Carpus injuries occur frequently from jumping or falling. Stifle injuries occur frequently from running, twisting and jumping.

A veterinary orthosis can also be used to support your pet post operatively from the various joint surgeries to assist in preventing complications from early use. Implant failures can occur easily in animals in the immediate post op phase because animals return to function quickly and commonly overdo things by weight bearing and over activity. This is frustrating for both veterinarian and pet owner.

It is even possible now for animals to get an artificial limb. Amputation of limbs may be necessary from severe injury, fractures or sometimes as a treatment for cancer. A prosthetic limb can now be made and fitted to your pet.

Physiotherapy and assistance in return to normal gait will be necessary and Dr Rob Hill from Australind Veterinary Hospital can assist you with a program to help. We can get a prosthesis made for your pet and help you get your pet trained in using the prosthesis.

Pictured below is a dog in the early stages of having a custom made orthotic device made for a stifle injury. The dog was aged and the owner wanted to avoid surgery.

Staring a veterinary orthotic device for the stifle in a dog

Staring a veterinary orthotic device for the stifle in a dog

Veterinary orthotics are amazingly durable. They are very tough and long lasting. They are resistant to day to day wear and tear. Your pet can even go swimming in them.

Dog's can go swimming in an orthotic brace

Dog’s can go swimming in an orthotic brace

V-Op braces and prosthetics can be made for many animals. It seems that dogs cope the best with these types of solutions however, prosthetics and orthotics have been successfully used in cats as well. Success will depend upon the temperament of the cat. Unfortunately, some cats do not cope with these types of supports. It is reported that about 90% of dogs tolerate and do well with an orthosis.

We have now made several devices for the local pets of Bunbury. This is an exciting development in the future of pet health and rehabilitation. There are so many indications for these devices that we are really proud and exhilarated to be able to offer these types of solutions for your pets.

Australind Veterinary Hospital prides itself on being veterinary innovators. We keep abreast of changes in the profession and we like to be able to offer our clients a full range of orthopaedic solutions from surgery to stem cell therapy to veterinary orthotics and prosthetics.

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