Monthly Archives: May 2013
Craig Road Animal Hospital in the news again.
This time Dr. Debbie White talks with Channel 8 about the dangers of parvo virus in Las Vegas.
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Three legged pets, affectionately know as tripods in veterinary world, do very well post surgery. However, it is not always necessary for the vet to remove all of an affected limb. This raises the possibility of a prosthesis. Craig Road Animal Hospital’s own Dr. Jacqueline Parker discusses, and shows, how we go about fitting a dog for a prosthetic limb here in North West Las Vegas! In part one, we saw the process of taking a mold for the prosthesis. In part two, Earl gets his new artificial limb!
Earl’s new prosthesis arrived at Craig Road and there was lot of excitement about fitting it to Earl. The normally frenetic organized chaos of our treatment area ground to a halt while Earl tried out his new leg.
The prosthesis attaches to Earl via sliding over his leg and snuggle attaching to a slip cover; which allows it to be secure and not move which might cause rubbing, but not be as tight to cut off circulation.
Earl was initially unsure. He had been managing just fine for so long on three legs that he did not know quite what to make of suddenly having a foreign fourth leg. This is a normal part of the process however, and I was convinced that with some exercises, training, and time, Earl will be back to a four limb fully functional pooch.
The next stage was to train Earl’s owners on how to fit the prosthesis and how to work with Earl over the coming weeks to get him used to his new limb. Earl’s owners were comfortable with the time and types of training Earl would need at home to adjust to his new prosthetic limb.
Typically with prosthetic limbs that animal needs a couple of weeks to adjust to the new limb and use it appropriately. Using the limb for a few hours a couple of times a day is ideal to teach pets like Earl that the limb is beneficial, regain strength in the muscles of the affected limb, and prevent any pressure soars from occurring.
We rechecked Earl 4 weeks later to make sure that everything was going smoothly. As part of the ongoing process some adjustments were needed to the prosthetic that had to be made at Othopets however a few weeks later and Earl had his final new leg. Looking good Earl!
Prosthetics are not for every pet with a missing limb, or even every owner. However, with certain types of amputations they are an option to turn tripod pets back into quadrupeds or with pets that have debilitating or permanent limb injuries.
We’d be happy to discuss the process, and to evaluate your pet when you next come in to Craig Road Animal Hospital.
Three legged pets, affectionately know as tripods in veterinary world, do very well post surgery. However, it is not always necessary for the vet to remove all of an affected limb. This raises the possibility of a prosthesis. Craig Road Animal Hospital’s own Dr. Jacqueline Parker discusses, and shows, how we go about fitting a dog for a prosthetic limb here in North West Las Vegas!
Earl lost his front left paw in France a few years ago to a bear trap that crushed his foot.
Earl’s owners asked me to look into some options for him because, although he was getting around on three legs, he was developing pressure wounds on partially amputated leg from using it to much. He as also getting older and developing arthritis, making it more difficult from him to have an active life.
Denver based Orthopets seemed to have the perfect solution: a bio-mechanically correct prosthetic specifically designed for pets. After discussing the procedure with Earl’s owners, we decided to go ahead with the process.
The first stage was to make a cast of the stump of Earl’s left front leg and take a number of measurements. This is a challenge, because we need Earl awake to get the correct measurements and posture for the cast.
Step one was to wrap Earl’s leg in Saran Wrap to stop his fur sticking to the cast.
Next, we attach a plastic guide to the Saran Wrap which will protect Earl’s skin when we cut the cast off.
It is then time for the fiberglass cast molding to be applied tightly to the leg to ensure appropriate sizing of his prothesis.
The cast sets minutes, and then it is time to cut it off using a very sharp hooked knife and a lot of brute strength.
And there is Earl’s cast. This gives Orthopets the information they need to make a prosthesis that will fit Earl comfortably, with some minor adjustments without him ever having to leave Las Vegas.
Next time: Fitting Earl with his prosthesis!