A rehabilitation brace or static brace

A rehabilitation brace or static brace

1. Purpose of the brace

The purpose of this brace is to ensure that one (or more) joints get rest. This brace is mainly used on the heel and wrist of your dog.

2. When can you use it?

These braces are ideal for use after trauma and/or surgery. This allows you and your dog to remain active after trauma and/or surgery.

Sometimes these braces are also used to delay or prevent surgery. Postponement of surgery may sometimes be necessary to allow the dog to recover before surgery can take place.

3. How do you start wearing this brace?

The first week should be seen as a phase of getting used to wearing the brace. The dog must be able to get used to it quietly. It must be checked whether the brace sufficiently immobilizes. You also have to see if there are pressure points when wearing.

4. How long will this brace be worn?

This partly depends on the problem to be treated. The vet usually gives a clear term in which the brace should be worn.

The vet will also discuss when the dog should wear the brace. This can always be, but sometimes it can also be taken off inside (or in the crate).

5. Rehabilitation doesn't just happen

When people have to start wearing a brace, they are guided by a physiotherapist or physiotherapist to learn how to walk again. This is not yet a standard in the animal world. That is why you, the owner, are your dog's rehabilitation supervisor.

6. What do we expect from you as a rehabilitation counselor?

From the moment that the dog is used to the brace, he must also wear it (almost) constantly. You must then explain to your dog what he can and cannot do with it. Learning to use the brace properly sometimes takes time and practice. And you can help your dog with that. So you look for the moments when your dog uses the brace optimally. And this will be different for every dog. Some dogs walk best with their brace on while walking on a leash. Other dogs walk best indoors with the brace.

What is also very important here is that you temporarily do not allow the highest degree of activity of your dog: ball games, walking in the field ... and preferably as long as the rehabilitation period is running. In this way the joint can heal optimally. And the other joints are certainly not overloaded.

7. What after rehabilitation?

After the rehabilitation period, it is important that wearing the brace is gradually reduced. So first indulgences indoors, only after a while also outdoors. This allows the joint to optimally get used to the new form of loading.

The vet and Pro4Paws will of course guide you optimally in this rehabilitation process

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