Prosthetic Front Leg For Dogs
Prosthetic legs provide an ideal solution for dogs missing all or part of a front leg, enabling them to walk and run comfortably while relieving pressure from their remaining leg.
This type of orthotic device helps alleviate arthritis pain while preventing further injury from happening. When choosing an orthotic device for your pet, consult your veterinarian first and ensure that it will improve mobility without leading to further injury. It should be noted that your pet will take some time getting used to walking with a splint – however most can quickly adapt.
The canine limb is purposefully built to withstand high impact forces and stresses generated during canine gait, featuring a pylon structure for attachment of leg attachment as well as an ankle/foot component that enables dogs to adjust their gait as necessary. Furthermore, high-density polyethylene material used for knee joints protects them against repeated stress and shock from walking while also being lightweight enough for human use (it has also been used for human knee replacement surgeries and other orthopedic devices).
An optional protective sleeve helps shield prosthetic legs from dirt and other debris collected by their canines while walking, running or playing. When not needed for use, this sleeve can be removed easily.
There are various types of dog prosthetics available, depending on your pet’s specific needs. Forelimb or thoracic prostheses may be more suitable than usual in cases where all or most of an antebrachium (radius/ulna) or crus (tibia/fibula) have been lost, while pelvic (hind) prosthetics can provide support for hind legs with significant locomotive discrepancies that compromise long-term musculoskeletal health.
Derby’s initial artificial legs were rounded but provided enough height elevation for him to stand on his own. Although these legs provided some mobility and stability benefits, they didn’t offer Derby the necessary mobility needed for safe walking on uneven ground surfaces.
At our facility, our goal is to create an individual prosthetic solution tailored to each pet’s specific needs. This means making sure the prosthetic fits properly; is comfortable and stable enough; and your pet is accepting and adapting well enough to wearing it.
Not all pets accept prosthetic devices easily; but for those that do, their benefits can be profound. A prosthetic can give your pet confidence when moving around more freely, reduce anxiety and help them enjoy life more fully.
Derrick Campana began creating orthotic and prosthetic devices in 2002, founding Animal Ortho Care three years later to specialize in custom prosthetics for dogs. As his business expanded, Bionic Pets was established to specialize in prosthetic devices for three-legged pets; later expanding to offer full and partial prosthetic devices as well as replacement straps, padding and KnitRite liners to wear under them.