Here’s a recent article on the growing trend of fabricating leg braces for dogs. The May 25, 2009 article is about Derrick Campana, CO from the Sun Gazette of Arlington, Virginia: “Entrepreneur’s Prosthetics for Animals in Vanguard of Growing Industry.” Campana’s company, Animal Orthocare, is one of the
(photo courtesy of Animal Orthocare)
growing number of firms worldwide that make orthoses and prostheses for animals. Animal Orthocare typically handles 50 to 100 cases per month. Because of demand, Campana plans to open another office and double his case load. According to Campana, orthopedic surgery on a dog can cost between $3,000 and $5,000. Moreover, some animals are not good candidates for surgery. An orthosis can be an adjunct or an alternative to surgery. Most of Campana’s orthopedic braces cost $350, with knee braces priced at $500. The stifle brace is typically for a dog with an injury to the cranial cruciate ligament (canine equivalent of the anterior cruciate ligament). As shown in the photo above, Campana uses Tamarack Flexure Joints in fabricating his custom orthoses.