New design offered by OrthoVet

OrthoVet Hinged Dog Leg Splint or brace

 

  OrthoVet is now offering a hinged or articulated  splint or brace option to our product line.  This option is ideal when the dogs leg needs support but also will allow motion at a specific joint space.  We can fabricate the hinged splints for both front and rear legs. 

 

 

Hinged splint for front limb.
Hinged splint for front limb.

            Some examples of injuries where a hinged splint is advantageous are, Arthritic conditions at the carpal joint or hock joint,  Tendon and Ligament strains, and nerve damage cases.   We always recommend Veterinary consultation in determining what style of splint or brace is best.

For more information regarding the hinged splint,  please contact us toll free at 866-207-9205 or contactus@orthovet.com.

A Doggie Slow Down- Painful Sprains and Strains

A Doggie Slow Down

Painful strains and sprains in dogs.

Dogs love to run, jump and romp inside and outside. It takes lots of energy, strength, and flexibility to chase squirrels, scratch behind ears, wrestle with playmates, jump on beds, and leap for toys. Every now and then dogs overdo it, asking just too much of their front legs (shoulders, elbows, wrists, and toes) or back legs (hips, knees, ankles, and toes).   Just like us, dogs can pull a muscle and sprain an ankle.  The result is a painful Strain, Sprain or soft tissue injury.

Strains vs. Sprains

The words sound similar but the meanings are quite different.

Strains injure tendons that link muscles and bones. This can happen if your dog stretches too far, too much, or too often. Athletic dogs get strains, but this injury also can happen when a dog slips, falls, or jumps during normal play.

Sprains harm the ligaments that connect bones, which causes joint damage. Sprains can happen to hunting dogs who jump hurdles, as well as to the average dog who may hurt himself taking a hard landing off the couch, or even by something as simple as stepping in a hole.

Where is the pain?

The first warning sign of strains or sprains may be that your dog starts to limp or is suddenly lame, meaning he can’t use his leg. If this lasts more than a day or so, or if it happens again and again, it’s time for a visit to the vet.

Both strains and sprains can be chronic (ongoing) or acute (sudden), and can range from mild to severe. Your vet will figure out what kind of injury your dog has based on what you tell them and the results of a physical exam and tests.

Treatment:

It takes the same kinds of things to get your dog back on four feet as it would take to get you back on two.

Your vet will decide how to treat your dog based on whether he has a strain or a sprain, and just how bad it is.  They will likely try to avoid surgery as a first line of treatment unless a tendon or ligament is torn.

In a typical plan to treat strains and sprains, your vet may tell you to:

  • Give your dog nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to ease inflammation.
  • Apply an ice pack or heating pad.
  • Make sure your dog rests.
  • Walk your dog on a leash, taking it slowly at first.
  • Use a brace or support to hold your dog’s muscle or joint in place.
  • Try physical therapy, such as walk on an underwater or land treadmill, balancing on a ball or board.
  • Massage the area.

OrthoVet offers a full line of lower limb splinting and bracing products to help stabilize a sprain or strain.

Visit our website at www.orthovet.com or give us a call toll free at 866-207-9205

 

Golden retriever dog

What is Degenerative Myelopathy?

Affected brain

 

What is Degenerative Myelopathy?

Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs. The disease typically is seen between 8 and 14 years of age. It begins with a loss of coordination  in the hind legs . The dog will wobble when walking, knuckle over or drag the feet. This can first occur in one hind leg and then affect the other. As the disease progresses, the limbs become weak and the dog begins to buckle and has difficulty standing. The weakness gets progressively worse until the dog is unable to walk.   Another key feature of DM is that it is not a painful disease.

What causes Degenerative Myelopathy?

Degenerative myelopathy begins with the spinal cord in the (chest) region. The spinal cord begins to have weak or damaged fibers that transmit information to and from the brain.  The disease will strip away the insulation around the fibers and cause complete loss of actual fibers. This interferes with the communication between the brain and limbs and cause paralysis.

How do we treat degenerative myelopathy?

There are no treatments that have been clearly shown to stop or slow progression of DM. Although there are a number of approaches that have been tried or recommended on the internet, no scientific evidence exists that they work.  The quality of life of an affected dog can be improved by measures such as good nursing care, physical rehabilitation, pressure sore prevention, monitoring for urinary infections, and ways to increase mobility through use of splints, harnesses and carts.

OrthoVet offers a complete line of lower limb splints.  The OrthoVet Bootie Splint for the rear limb has been used to help assist in Degenerative Myelopathy cases.