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The spinal orthosis for dogs is an innovative solution designed to improve the quality of life for dogs suffering from back problems. This medical device aims to support the dog’s spine and joints, thereby reducing pain and facilitating recovery after an injury or surgery.

Made from high-quality materials, this orthosis offers a precise and comfortable fit, allowing the dog to move freely while receiving essential support. It features adjustable straps and an ergonomic belt that ensure optimal stability without compromising the animal’s freedom of movement.

 

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Applications and Benefits of the Spinal Orthosis for Dogs

The spinal orthosis helps relieve back pain caused by various conditions such as disc degeneration, herniated discs, and arthritis. By evenly distributing pressure along the spine, it reduces stress on the joints and muscles, promoting better posture and reducing pain symptoms. Additionally, the orthosis can be used as a preventive measure for dogs at risk of developing spinal problems, especially those belonging to breeds prone to these conditions.

There are numerous and varied examples of the spinal orthosis’s use for dogs, demonstrating its versatility and effectiveness. For a dog suffering from a herniated disc, the orthosis provides the necessary support to prevent the condition from worsening while allowing relative mobility. In the post-operative period, it helps stabilize the spine, reducing the risk of recurrence and facilitating a quicker and safer recovery. Moreover, the orthosis is a valuable tool for dogs with chronic conditions such as arthritis, where it helps reduce joint pain and improve daily quality of life.

In cases of acute injuries, such as a sprain or spinal fracture, the orthosis acts as a temporary immobilizer, reducing unwanted movements and promoting healing. It is also beneficial for elderly dogs or those suffering from muscle weakness, offering additional back support that facilitates mobility and reduces muscle fatigue. For sporty or highly active dogs, the orthosis can be used preventively to protect the spine during intense activities, thus minimizing the risk of injuries.

Example of a Commonly Observed Pathology: Disc Herniation

The spine consists of a series of vertebrae connected to each other and separated by intervertebral discs (cushions).

A disc herniation (types Hansen I, Hansen II, and type III) occurs when the material constituting the intervertebral disc penetrates and then compresses the spinal cord, causing discomfort, pain, and potentially leading to partial or complete loss of motor function in the limbs.

Disc herniation is essentially a degeneration of the intervertebral discs. It is a commonly observed condition in older dogs and can therefore be considered a normal phenomenon.

This disease is particularly observed in small breed dogs such as Dachshunds, French Bulldogs, Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Bichons, but it is also found in Dobermans, Labradors, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds.

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WIGGLELESS® BACK BRACE

This back support stabilizes the spine while offering some flexibility. Designed with breathable material to ensure comfort, the orthosis is primarily used for the degeneration of intervertebral discs, which can cause, among other things, disc herniations, as well as in cases of degenerative myelopathy.

 

Example of a Commonly Observed Pathology: Atlanto-Axial Instability

Atlanto-axial instability in dogs results from abnormalities in bone and/or ligament conformation between the first two vertebrae (the atlas and the axis) located at the junction of the head and neck. This instability can lead to subluxation or luxation, causing compression of the spinal cord. As a result, the animal may exhibit gait disturbances and neck pain during movements.

Primarily observed in small breed dogs such as Poodles, Chihuahuas, Pekingese, Yorkshire Terriers, etc.

Orthosis designed and manufactured by ORTHO DESIGN in interprofessional collaboration with specialist veterinary doctors.

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