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What Kind of Plastic Do We Use on Our Pet Prosthetics?

Derrick Campana

Here at Bionic Pets, we produce both partial limb prosthetics and full limb prosthetics for many different animals, all of various weights and sizes. Our high-quality pet prosthetics are actually hand crafted. Because they are custom-made, we can ensure a comfortable fit. They can help your animal buddy get his or her energy and mobility back.

We're here to satisfy your pet’s unique needs. "But, how?" you may wonder. How do we do it? The answer is the special kind of plastic process we use.

Table of Contents

  • The Plastic We Use on Our Pet Prosthetics
  • Plastic Thermoforming for Pet Prosthetics
  • The Benefits of Plastic Thermoforming 
  • Contact Bionic Pets to Learn More

The Plastic We Use on Our Pet Prosthetics


Plastic has made so much of our modern world possible. From shampoo bottles to outdoor furniture, we use plastic for nearly everything in our daily lives. This includes dog prosthetics! 

Pet prosthetics are made from plastic polymers. The fabrication of a prosthetic limb relies on two plastic manufacturing methods: injection molding and vacuum forming. We bond fabric-based layers together to make a prosthesis that is strong yet lightweight. The key to the entire prosthetic crafting process is thermoforming.

Plastic Thermoforming for Pet Prosthetics

Plastic thermoforming is the production process of choice for many manufacturers of medical devices, including us. The thermoforming process is a pretty simple one. Thermoforming is the process of heating a material, in this case plastic, to its forming temperature and applying force to the hot sheet to push it into cavities or over a mold so the material conforms to the shape of the mold. The mold in question for this process is your dog's new limb.

After forming, the shaped part can then be trimmed and finished to specification to meet an end-user's requirements. This is why we ask you to measure your pet carefully and send us all of the measurements. The process and thermoplastic materials are extremely useful in this application.

The Benefits of Plastic Thermoforming 


Plastic thermoforming is a process that applies a force (vacuum) to stretch a sheet of heated thermoplastic material (thermo) over an engineered mold to create a 3-dimensional shape or part (forming).

Making pet prosthetics via plastic thermoforming offers an unparalleled range of design options that will make your pet's new limb stand out in an aesthetically pleasing way. Plus, this process delivers top material performance, and is cost effective as well.

It's also worth noting that with the new limb, your dog is going to run around and play again (or for the first time!). This means getting dirty, which is a good thing. Plastic thermoforming creates antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial inherent surface materials. 

Contact Bionic Pets to Learn More

Our hand-crafted, top-quality pet prosthetics are made to withstand your pet’s normal life rhythm for years. Yes, this includes running and playtime! This is the long-term solution you've been looking for! 

If you're not sure if your pet is a candidate for our pet prosthetics, you can fill out our candidacy form to take the next step.