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The orthosis enables the hind limb to maintain the tarsus (ankle) in flexion while also positioning the paw (foot) in extension during the dog’s gait. Whereas the forelimb, the device allows the carpus (wrist) to be held in extension while also positioning the paw (hand) in extension. Therefore, this orthosis prevents the hand or foot from overshot fetlock-joint and constantly grazing the ground when moving, thus preventing injuries due to rubbing on the ground.

Recommended in the following cases:

Orthosis designed and manufactured by ORTHO DESIGN in interprofessional collaboration with veterinarians

Example of a frequently observed case: Degenerative myelopathy

Degenerative myelopathy is a degenerative disease that affects the nerve cells of the spinal cord, mainly in the thoracic region.
Signs and symptoms generally appear later in the dog’s life. Initially, the affected animal presents with balance problems and weakness of the hind limbs. Then the symptoms progressively worsen, leading to paralysis of the hind limbs, followed by the forelimbs, eventually resulting in paralysis of all four limbs. At this stage, the animal may have difficulty eating, may no longer be able to bark, and may exhibit urinary and fecal incontinence. The breed most affected is undoubtedly the German Shepherd.
When the first symptoms appear, orthotics can be a good option to prevent the hind limbs from dragging on the ground, thus preventing potential injuries.
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