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25 April 2007
If you are considering a prosthetic or orthotic (brace) for your Tripawds, you should review this recent study by our friends at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital's Orthopedic Medicine and Mobility (OMM) team:
Prospective evaluation of complications associated with orthosis and prosthesis use in canine patients
Discussion and conclusion:
Three major complications associated with canine orthosis and prosthesis use were identified in this study as follows: Skin complications (abrasions, loss of hair, and sores), mechanical device problems, and patient non-acceptance of the device. Owners should be notified of these potential complications prior to pursuing orthoses or prostheses as a potential treatment option. Although clinical improvement was noted in the majority of patients with stifle and carpal pathology, given the lack of a control group, it is unknown how much of this improvement can be attributed to the orthoses.
We hope to have the OMM team on tripawd talk next year so they can discuss this study in more detail. Stay tuned!
22 February 2013