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How to Decide on a Prosthetic Limb for Your Pet

Derrick Campana

You want your furry friend to have everything they need to be happy and healthy. After all, they're really more like a furry family member than a friend anyway. This may require more than the occasional trip to the vet, nutritious food, and a comfy place to sleep.

Just like humans, it is possible for a dog to lose a limb and maintain a somewhat regular lifestyle afterwards. One thing you will need to watch out for is overuse syndrome on the sound side of his or her body. This can affect the shoulder, hip, or spine. Prosthetic limbs can be a welcomed solution when a dog's body weight or activity level necessitates the need for additional support and increased function. A prosthesis allows normal weight-sharing on all legs which helps to eliminate overuse syndrome.

Prosthetics are also used immediately following surgical removal of the non-functional portion of the leg in order to keep the surgical site clean, reduce edema, prevent additional problems, and improve mobility. These temporary or immediate postoperative prosthesis can be made to be easily removed in order to check the surgical site on a routine basis.

While there are several reasons your dog may need a prosthetic, one thing is for sure: you want it to be a great one. What you're looking for is custom-made prosthetics, which means Bionic Pets. Bionic Pets' custom prosthetics are available for a variety of injuries and chronic conditions. Our prosthetics are built from a cast of your pet's leg. We manufacture each prosthetic to meet your pet's specific injury. From full limbs to partial, each custom prosthetic is built to last a lifetime.

This isn't the "peg leg" you may be imagining in your mind. We have introduced something brand new to the industry. The Pet IPOP (immediate postoperative prosthesis) is the first of its kind. It is a cast mold of the existing leg done before the operation. This can be taken and sent to us to fabricate the IPOP. Once made, this can be placed over the dressing at the surgical site. The animal can wake up on all fours with little downtime. That's perfect!

We manufacture each prosthetic to meet your pet's specific injury.

If you know ahead of time your dog is going to lose a limb in surgery and you'll need a prosthetic, opt to order the IPOP ahead of time. If this isn't possible because the leg is lost due to a tragic accident, we have other custom-made prosthetic options. We'll need you to tell us a bit of simple information, like your dog's breed, activity level, and size. We'll create the perfect new limb!

Do not delay. Every day this is put off is an uncomfortable and possibly painful day for your dog.