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.

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.

Using Pet Orthotics in Animal Rehabilitation

As pet owners, most of us would prefer not to think about our canine or feline companion ever sustaining an orthopedic injury. Not only do we cringe at the thought of our animal friend in pain, but also at the high cost of treatment or surgery.

pet orthotics hock splint

This dog is wearing the OrthoVet Hock Splint, available at our online store.

Luckily, developments in pet rehabilitation – including pet orthotics and splinting/bracing devices – has helped treat and maintain many orthopedic conditions and injuries successfully, with and without surgical intervention. When combined with the proper rehabilitation plan, these splints or braces often provide an alternative to surgery.

Some advantages of using splinting or bracing in the rehabilitation process are:

  • Keeping the dog or cats leg in a normal walking position allowing the injured limb to continue normal weight bearing.
  • Providing extra support for fractures of the lower limb.
  • Reducing the cost and time associated with casting, bandaging and degloving injuries.
  • Preventing knuckling of lower limb associated with nerve paralysis.
  • Easing of application and lightweight construction increases owner and patient compliance.
  • Keeping the lower limb in a normal position to reduce contracture problems.

The above list is just a short summary of the many injuries a splint or brace can help stabilize. It is important to work closely with your Veterinary Rehabilitation Professional to insure the best fit and function of an orthopedic device.

OrthoVet, LLC offers a wide range of styles and sizes of splints and braces with custom made splinting options also available. Visit our Product Info page to read more, or go right to our Online Store to see the products we have available.