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Farm Animal Custom Leg Brace

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Custom Farm Animal Leg Braces - Order Process

Purchase

Purchase your Custom Farm Animal Leg Brace. 

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Cast

We send you a Casting Kit for you to make a mold of your animal's leg.

Build

You ship us the mold. We use it to build a custom knee brace.

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FIT

We ship you the finished custom brace. You fit it to your animal and they are on the way to recovery!

Details

Conditions Improved by a Custom Leg Brace

  • Conditions for which surgery is not available or recommended
  • Post-operative care following surgery
  • Contralateral (opposite limb) management during post-operative care, preventing your animal from damaging their healthy leg while the other leg recovers
  • An alternative to splinting for fracture management
  • Angular deformities
  • Ligament injuries such as hyperextension

Benefits of the Custom Leg Brace

  • Provides support to the affected area
  • Stabilizes the joint
  • Decreases the time and expense of injury/post-surgical recovery
  • Helps improve activity level by providing a return to near-normal joint function
  • Allows for easier wound/surgical site inspection
  • Reduces pressure on the contralateral (opposite) limb, preventing further injury
Features

FEATURES

  • Custom-fitted to your animal's limb
  • Non-porous medical grade foam cushions and eases pressure on the affected area
  • Durable hook and loop strap system allows easy adjustments for fit and comfort
  • Made in the USA
  • Removable
  • Two-month warranty for brace alterations and modifications
  • One-year warranty for manufacturing defects
  • Lifetime hinge warranty
  • Free replacement straps during the first 90 days

TECHNOLOGY

  • Hand-crafted using vacuum forming and thermal technology
  • Waterproof
  • Tamarack hinges allow motion that mimics normal ligament mobility
  • Tamarack hinges allow for limited or locked range of motion; where diagnosis requires greater or lesser range of motion, a specialized Range-of-Motion (ROM) hinge or solid (no hinge) brace can be fabricated instead. ROM hinges carry an additional $200 charge.
Care & Use

CARE

• Use light soapy water or antibacterial wipes to clean the plastic shell and non-porous liner of the brace.
• Hand-wash pads as needed and let them air dry.
• Remove any hair or dirt from the hook and loop straps with a wire brush, gently brushing in one direction on the hook side only.

Use

Break-In Period

Similarly to breaking in a new pair of shoes, the Custom Brace should initially be worn in short increments as your animal builds up a tolerance to the device. You can facilitate this process by positively reinforcing and rewarding your them for wearing the brace. For best results, attach the brace for only half an hour the first day. You can typically increase this time by a further half hour each subsequent day. However, the break-in period and time of each increment will depend on your animal's temperament and specific diagnosis. Be sure to discuss any changes with your Animal Ortho Care practitioner and/or veterinarian.

If there is any irritation or skin breakdown, discontinue use of the brace for one full day. If irritation continues, contact your veterinarian.

Skin & Brace Examination

It is crucial that you thoroughly inspect your pet's skin after each use of the Custom Brace. This is especially important during the initial break-in period. While it is not uncommon to see minor problems for the first few weeks of brace usage, make note of any blisters or other unusual marks on the skin. Skin redness that does not disappear within an hour after the brace is removed and other signs of skin breakdown are indications of excessive pressure from the brace. The brace can easily be modified to relieve these areas of irritation.

You should also carefully examine the brace itself after each use. Identify any cracks, tears, or areas of unusual wear. Padding and the hook and loop straps can be replaced by contacting Animal Ortho Care. Consult our warranty terms for other details on the service process.

Hygiene & Cleaning

Both the Custom Brace and areas of skin that come into contact with it must be kept clean. This reduces the chance of your animal contracting contact dermatitis or other skin conditions. Regularly clean the brace with a mixture of half water, half isopropyl alcohol. After cleaning, dry with a towel or let the brace dry at room temperature. Do not speed the drying process through use of applied heat, such as from a hair dryer. Never put a wet brace onto your animal, as it will affect the fit. A properly-fitted brace can be worn in water, but should be thoroughly dried after use before re-application.

Weight Chart
LIGHT WEIGHT
MEDIUM WEIGHT
HEAVY WEIGHT (MAX 1700 LBS)
MINIATURE ANIMALS ► UNDER 8 MONTHS OF AGE
MINIATURE ANIMALS ► OVER 8 MONTHS OF AGE
FULL SIZE ANIMALS ► OVER 8 MONTHS OF AGE
• donkey
• donkey
• donkey
• goat
• goat
• goat
• horse/pony
• horse/pony
• horse/pony
• sheep
• sheep
• sheep
• pig
• pig
• pig
• mule
• mule
• mule
• cow
• cow
• cow
• llama
• alpaca
FULL SIZE ANIMALS ► UNDER 8 MONTHS OF AGE
• donkey
• goat
• horse/pony
• cow
• mule
• cow
• sheep
• llama
• alpaca
FAQs

FAQs

What is included with the purchase of a Custom Leg Brace?

Purchases of our Custom Leg Braces include a free casting kit, which you will use before we begin fabricating the brace itself. Once you have cast your animal's leg - or legs if you are ordering a pair of Custom Braces - you will mail us the casts. At that point we craft your brace order based on the cast, and then send the Custom Braces back to you.

What happens if the brace does not fit correctly?

Please contact us and we will work with you to find the fit! The hook and loop straps give you some freedom to adjust the brace yourself. Depending on the issues with the fit, we may instruct you to ship it back to us for more extensive modification.

Please note it is imperative that you take an accurate cast of your animal's leg in order for the brace to have the best possible fit. Please refer to our casting directions and be sure that you are familiar with them before attempting a casting.

What if the brace needs refurbishment?

You can order replacement straps and pads off of our website. Strap replacements are free within the first 90 days of your purchase. If the brace liner needs repair or replacement you will need to send the brace to AOC for repair; this has a cost of $100.00.

How often can this brace be worn?

As described in the Care & Use section, there is a two-week break-in period where you gradually increase the length of time your animal wears a Custom Brace. Once that period is complete you can generally leave the brace on for as long as needed during a day. However, be sure to remove the brace at least twice daily so you can examine your animal's skin and fur for any irritation or damage.

Please remove the brace before your animal goes to bed at night.

How Long is the Fabrication Process?

Once we receive the cast of your animal's leg, it takes 2-4 weeks to fabricate the brace.

How Long Will Shipping Take?

We offer free 5-7 business day ground shipping for both the casting kit and custom brace, as well as 2 Business Day or Overnight Business Day shipping options for an additional charge. If you select an expedited shipping option, we will ship the casting kit to you based on that option. Once we receive the cast of your animal's leg and fabricate the Custom Brace, we will ship that using the same option you selected at checkout.

Please note that we cannot deliver a Custom Brace to a PO box.

Is the Casting Process Difficult?

The difficulty of casting will depend on your animal; more anxious or badly injured animals may find the process more distressing. It is recommended that you perform the process with at least 3-4 people and the help of your veterinarian.

 

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