While custom orthotic and prosthetic devices have been around for centuries, with the American prosthetic device field beginning during the American Civil War (1861-1865), the notion of fabricating custom braces and prosthetic devices for animals has only recently become popularized, thanks to a specialized group of healthcare providers.
ACL injuries for canines (technically referred to as the Cranial Cruciate Ligament or CCL for dogs) and other animals are an unfortunate result of wear and tear, birth abnormalities, or traumatic injury that often leads to surgical procedures costing upwards of $2,500-5,000. However, due to the animals age and ability to tolerate medication and a surgical procedure as well as the owner’s ability to afford a costly medical procedure, surgery is not a viable option for many.
Photos courtesy of OrthoPets V-OP Veterinary Clinic, Denver, Colorado USA
The fabrication of custom orthosis by a qualified Orthotist provides animals with either short term mobility before a surgical procedure, support for the healing limb after surgery, or an effective alternative to surgery. The decision about whether to proceed with surgery or consider orthotic bracing should be discussed between the animal’s owner, their local Veterinarian, and an Orthotists who specializes in the fabrication and delivery of custom bracing for animals.
To provide a convenient way for pet owners and Veterinarians to connect with Orthotists and Prosthetists around the world who specialize in fabricating custom devices for animals, we’ve put together a website, called Animal Orthotic and Prosthetic Resources (link: http://animaloandp.com/).
AnimalOandP.com contains information about veterinary orthotic & prosthetic devices, a White Paper to help educate pet owners and Veterinarians about custom orthopedic bracing for animals, and contact information for veterinary Orthotists and Prosthetists around the world.
To begin your pet’s rehabilitation journey, we recommend consulting one of the providers listed on AnimalOandP.com to learn more about your pet’s veterinary bracing options. Although many Veterinarians are unfamiliar with orthotic bracing (it is still a relatively new concept in Veterinary medicine), a veterinary orthotic & prosthetic device provider will be able to connect you with a Veterinarian who’s willing to work with you to discuss the benefits of this safe, effective, and low cost surgical alternative.
Disclaimer: Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc. and the Tamarack Wellness NewsWire claim no expertise in Veterinary medicine and animal rehabilitation. We recommend consulting with a licensed Veterinarian or specialty veterinary medicine professional whenever making decisions related to your animal’s health and rehabilitation needs.