Orthotic-prosthetic clinic specialized exclusively for animals

Procedures

HOW TO GET AN ORTHOSIS, PROSTHESIS, OR OTHER ADAPTATIONS?

Usually, the first step is to consult a veterinarian, who will evaluate your pet’s condition and inform you of the diagnosis. Then simply contact us by phone or email to discuss your pets’ options and to determine the optimal apparatus (orthotics, prosthetics, or other devices) that could help your pet achieve a better quality of life. To proceed with ORTHO DESIGN, please note that it is not necessary to have a reference or prescription from a veterinarian indicating the need for an orthosis, prosthesis, or other adaptation.
We partner with several offices, clinics, hospitals, and veterinary centers in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada, as well as internationally.

Here are the options for obtaining an orthosis, prosthesis or other devices and adaptations:

OPTION 1

Please contact us to arrange an appointment at our main clinic, or at another veterinary clinic in the greater Montreal area, with or without a partnership with ORTHO DESIGN. During the first appointment, we will evaluate your animal in order to determine its needs for device ,then if necessary, we will proceed with measuring and/or taking an impression.
The process of obtaining a brace or other apparatus usually involves two appointments: first appointment: the evaluation, followed by the measurements and impression (casting). Then it usually takes a week or less to schedule the second appointment: which is the delivery and fitting of the device. We can also ship the brace with installation instructions and video (if applicable).

OPTION 2

For clients living outside the greater Montreal area, I can offer a one-day service (additional fees apply) at my clinic, and only for certain types of orthotics. Therefore, we will need to meet very early in the morning, which will permit us to deliver the orthotic around mid-day, or in some cases, after one to three days. You may be able to board your dog at the clinic until the orthosis is delivered.

OPTION 3

For certain types of devices, it is also possible for you to take the impression and measurements yourself. Or ask your veterinarian (or an animal health technician) if he or she would be willing to carry out this procedure. A detailed instruction form and video, if applicable, are available. Ortho Design can also send you a casting kit for a fee. Once the orthosis is complete, we ship the device with installation instructions and video (if applicable).
We also design and manufacture orthotics, prosthetics, and other devices for remote pet owners, and collaborate with veterinarians nationally and internationally, including Canada, USA, Europe, etc. Simply contact us for the terms and conditions.

OPTION 4

Concerning assessment, measurement, molding, delivery and adjustment of the device, Ortho Design (with your veterinarian’s agreement) may travel to your preferred clinic or to your home, conditions permit and ideally when a diagnosis has been confirmed. Please note that depending on distance, travel expenses may apply.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Here are the options for obtaining an orthosis, prosthesis or other devices and adaptations:

Please note that it is very important to inquire with the clinic that wishes to offer you the service of orthotics, prosthetics, or other devices of their experiences in the veterinary field. Because it is just not enough to love animals.
Indeed, does clinic “X” that is offering you orthotics or other devices have the necessary experience and knowledge in the veterinary field to guarantee that the device is both appropriate and bio-mechanically adequate for your animal, and not for a human, because there is a difference. It is important to make sure that the orthotist who claims to work part-time or full-time in the veterinary field can design, manufacture, adjust, modify, follow-up, inform you of device recommendations, and most importantly knows the biomechanics specific to an animal, all for the well-being of your pet.

In addition, the proper handling of your pet during the measurement and/or impression process is very important to avoid any injuries them. At ORTHO DESIGN, qualified and certified animal healthcare technicians within the veterinary division are specifically trained in the safe handling of animals.

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