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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

BUILDING YOUR farm animal's CUSTOM BRACE

AFTER RECEIVING YOUR farm animal's CAST,

FABRICATION TIME WILL TAKE 2-4 WEEKS.

conditions

  • 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

  • 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

why an aoc custom brace?

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FREE ONSITE CASTING

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LIFETIME WARRANTY ON TAMARACK HINGE

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FREE REPLACEMENT STRAPS WITHIN FIRST 90 DAYS

technology

  • Hand-crafted using vacuum forming and thermal technology
  • Waterproof
  • Tamarack hinges allow motion that mimics normal ligament mobility
  • Tamarack-Tether hinges allow for limited ligament motion in order to prevent hyper-extension and hyper-flexion
  • A specialized ROM hinge can be fabricated with the brace instead.  There is an additional $200 charge when fabricating a custom brace that requires a ROM hinge
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
Casting

how to cast

The type of cast that will be required for us to make your farm animal's custom brace will depend on the animal and their diagnosis. Our fabricators will determine what type of cast is needed and we will send you specific instructions with your casting kit.

MY CASTING DIDN'T GO WELL

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

  • It is highly recommended that you follow the break-in period protocol for your farm animal. This helps to prevent irritation and allows your farm animal to become comfortable when wearing their brace. Failure to follow the break-in period could result in further injury to your pet. 
  • Your farm animal may wear their brace whenever they are active. Custom Farm Animal braces are waterproof and therefore can be used in the water, such as for hydrotherapy sessions.
  • We recommend that you remove your farm animal's brace when they are not active for extended periods of time. This allows their leg to relax, prevents irritation, and allows their skin breathe.
  • Ideally, the brace should not be worn for more than 14 hours a day as this could cause irritation. However, if your veterinarian recommends that your farm animal wear the brace for more than 14 hours a day then you may do so but only with frequent, thorough leg and brace examinations. Please check your pet's leg and brace at least 2-3 times in a 24 hour period after the initial break-in period is complete. 

BREAK-IN PERIOD

Similarly to breaking in a new pair of shoes, the Custom Farm Animal Brace should initially be worn in short increments as your pet builds up a tolerance to the device. For best results, place the brace on your pet for only half an hour the first day. You can typically increase this time by a further half hour each subsequent day. You can facilitate this process by positively reinforcing and rewarding your pet for wearing the brace. Please keep in mind that the break-in period and time of each increment will depend on your pet's diagnosis and overall acceptance of the brace.

Please note that this break-in period is highly recommended but not required if your veterinarian recommends otherwise for the health of your farm animal. If you do not follow our recommended break-in period, we require that you check your pet's skin and brace frequently and thoroughly, at least 6 times per day in a 24 hour period for the first two weeks. Once your farm animal has successfully completed the break-in period without irritation occurring, we recommend that you check your pet's skin and brace 2-3 times a day in a 24 hour period.  

If there is any irritation or skin breakdown, discontinue use of the brace for one full day. If irritation continues, contact us at care@aocpet.com.

SKIN & BRACE EXAMINATION

It is crucial that you thoroughly inspect your pet's skin after each use of the Custom Farm Animal 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 Farm Animal Brace and areas of skin that come into contact with it must be kept clean. This reduces the chance of your farm 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 pet, 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.

MATERIALS:

  • Outer Shell: polypropylene, polyethylene, co-polymer
  • Inner Liner: closed-cell polyethylene foam
FAQs

FAQS

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THE PURCHASE OF A CUSTOM farm animal BRACE?

Purchases of our Custom Farm Animal Braces include a free casting kit, which you will use before we begin fabricating the brace itself. Once you have cast your farm 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 of your pet's leg, 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 farm 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 MY Farm Animal's BRACE NEEDS REFURBISHMENT?

Refurbishing your farm animal's brace is easy. Strap replacements are free within the first 90 days of your purchase if you order and replace them yourself. We offer various methods for refurbishing your brace depending on what needs to be done. You can order new Straps (1 inch or 1.5 inch) and Pads to replace on your own. If you don't want to replace the straps yourself or need a liner replacement, you can use our Custom Brace Refurbish Service and we will refurbish the brace based on what you order.

HOW OFTEN CAN MY farm animal WEAR THIS BRACE?

There is a two-week break-in period where you will either gradually increase the time your pet wears their Custom Farm Animal Brace by 30 minute increments OR you will check your farm animal's brace at least 6 times in a 24 hour period. Once this period is complete, you may leave the brace on your pet for up to 14 hours a day.

Please note that this brace can be worn all day if your veterinarian recommends this for the health of your pet. You will need to check your farm animal's skin and brace 2-3 times per day to ensure there is no irritation. We recommend that you remove the brace when your farm animal is resting, this will prevent irritation and allow their leg to air out.

Check for any signs of irritation and/or swelling after removing the brace.

HOW LONG IS THE FABRICATION PROCESS?

Once we receive the cast of your farm 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 in the US for both the casting kit and custom brace, as well as 2 Business Day or Overnight shipping options for an additional charge. Once we receive the cast of your farm animal's leg and fabricate the Custom Brace, we will ship that using the same option you selected at checkout.

IS THE CASTING PROCESS DIFFICULT?

The difficulty of casting will depend on your farm animal; more anxious or badly injured farm animal's may find the process more distressing. It is recommended that you perform the process with at least 3-4 people depending on your pet's energy level.

Detailed instructions on how to cast are included in the casting kit. We can walk you or your veterinarian through the casting process, so please contact us with questions or concerns before you begin casting your farm animal's leg. We also offer FREE on-site casting at our Arden Hills, Minnesota location.

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