Frequently asked questions about dog prostheses

Frequently asked questions about dog prostheses

A prosthesis is a leg (part) replacement aid.

How do you start with a prosthesis?

We first start with an investigation: length of remaining stump, final load... We will look at this before we proceed to a measurement.

With a measurement of the stump we will ensure that we have a good impression. This is the start of the prosthesis, this ensures the suspension. This will ensure the correct load.

After measuring, we make the prosthesis socket and extend it so that your dog can support itself again. This will be adjusted and adjusted if necessary. After the adjustment, we then move on to the final episode.

And then it's up to you to practice. Your dog must learn to use the prosthesis optimally. First during simple exercises/walks and later during free play.

Added value of a prosthesis for your dog

In fact, these prostheses for dogs have nothing but benefits not only for the physical health of the animal, but also for its mental health.

Allowing your dog to walk and run again, and prevent the animal, feeling hurt and vulnerable, from becoming desocialized and thus also prevent behavioral problems.

The prosthesis ensures that the weight of your dog can be better distributed. As a result, the back, the other legs, the other joints are less likely to experience problems due to the imbalance.

Ideal stump length

To be able to 'hang' a prosthesis, we need sufficient stump length.

Sufficient length or leverage is also needed to move, especially when swinging forward.

We assume that the ideal length for the front leg is 2/3 below the elbow joint and for the hind leg it is also 2/3 below the knee joint.

Until now, but who knows in the long run, there is not yet a possibility to mimic a joint mobility of the elbow and knee joint in the dog by means of a mechanical joint.

This is already being done in humans, just think of the knee joint that can be replaced by a mechanical, hydraulic or computer-controlled prosthetic knee.


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