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Dog Leg Prosthetic - Partial Limb

This product may be covered by insurance. LEARN MORE.


PROSTHETIC ORDER PROCESS

This purchase includes a casting kit.

Purchase

Purchase your dog's prosthetic.

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CAST

We send you a Casting Kit for you to make a mold of your dog's limb.

build

You ship us the mold. We use it to build a prosthetic for your dog.

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FIT

We ship you the finished prosthetic. You fit it to your dog. Your dog is on it's way to recovery!

Details

BUILDING YOUR DOG'S partial limb prosthetic

AFTER RECEIVING YOUR DOG'S CAST,

FABRICATION TIME WILL TAKE 2-4 WEEKS.

AOC's Partial Limb Dog Prosthetic is designed to aid in the relief of the weight bearing leg and suspend off of a residual limb. Our partial limb dog leg prosthetic can be designed for either the front or rear leg.

limb requirements

For a front leg prosthetic the amputation must be at least 4 inches below the elbow. If the amputation is above the elbow, please consider our Dog Full Limb Prosthetic. If the amputation is less than 4 inches below the elbow, please contact us at care@aocpet.com to discuss options.

A back leg prosthetic the amputation must be at least 2 inches below the hock. If the amputation is above the hock, please consider our Haute Wheels Pet Wheelchair. If the amputation is less than 2 inches below the hock, please contact us at care@aocpet.com to discuss options.

benefits

  • Limb replacement used to prevent further deformation and degeneration of existing joints
  • Prevent gait deviations
  • Maintain acts of daily living
  • Decrease leg length discrepancies
  • Increase exercise/activity level
  • Provide means to participate in rehabilitation therapy
  • Can be traumatic or congenital in nature
  • Improve your dog's quality of life
Features

features

  • Custom-fitted to your dog'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 warranty on Tamarack Hinges
  • Free replacement straps during the first 90 days

why an aoc custom prosthetic?

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LIFETIME WARRANTY ON TAMARACK HINGE

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90 day guarantee on all straps

features

  • Hand-crafted using vacuum forming and thermal technology
  • Waterproof
  • Tamarack hinges allow motion that mimics normal ligament mobility
  • Tamarack-Tether hinges allow natural ligament motion while preventing 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
Casting

HOW TO CAST

MY CASTING DIDN'T GO WELL

Use & Care

Care:

  • Use light soapy water or antibacterial wipes to clean the plastic shell and non-porous liner of the prosthetic.
  • 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 required that you follow the break-in period protocol for your dog. This helps to prevent irritation and allows your dog to become comfortable when wearing their prosthetic. Failure to follow the break-in period could result in further injury to your dog. 
  • Depending on your dog's temperament and comfort level, laying down with the prosthetic could be easy or could require assistance.
  • You will need to help your pet with going up and down stairs while wearing the prosthetic.
  • Your dog may wear their prosthetic whenever they are active, both indoors and outdoors. Partial Limb Prosthetics are waterproof and therefore can be used in the water, such as for hydrotherapy sessions.
  • Remove your dog's prosthetic when they are not active for extended periods of time. This allows their leg to relax, prevents irritation, and allows their skin breathe.
  • Once your dog has successfully completed the break-in period without irritation occurring, they may wear their prosthetic for up to 14 hours a day. Wearing the prosthetic for longer than 14 hours could result in irritation and/or injury

Break in Period:

  1. Once you receive the Partial Limb Prosthetic try it on your pet and inspect the fit.
  2. Upon first inspection check the height. It should be slightly shorter than the sound leg to prevent dragging.
  3. Check the edges of the prosthesis to ensure that there is no pinching or digging into the body.
  4. Start with a short controlled walk the first day.
  5. For best results, place the prosthetic 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.
  6. Inspect your pet's skin/hair after each use to ensure there is no irritation or redness and/or hair loss.

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 prosthetic.

Materials:

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

Casting Tips:

When casting for a prosthetic it is important that you capture the distal end of the stump. The best way to do that is to keep the cut strip above the distal end of the stump about ½ of an inch, this will help allow you to capture the distal end in full.

If you have any concerns please send pictures and videos to care@aocpet.com.

FAQs

FAQS

WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THE PURCHASE OF A partial limb prosthetic?

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

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE prosthetic 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 prosthetic 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 dog's leg in order for the prosthetic 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 DOG'S prosthetic NEEDS REFURBISHMENT?

Refurbishing your dog's prosthetic 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 prosthetic 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 your dog's prosthetic needs more than just the straps and pads to be replaced, please contact us at care@aocpet.com for the prosthetic refurbishment process.

HOW OFTEN CAN MY DOG WEAR THIS prosthetic?

There is a two-week break-in period where you will gradually increase the time your dog wears their Partial Limb Prosthetic by 30 minute increments. Once this period is complete, you may leave the prosthetic on your dog for up to 14 hours a day. However, be sure to remove the prosthetic when your dog 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 prosthetic.

Please remove the prosthetic before your dog goes to bed at night.

CAN MY DOG USE STAIRS WHILE WEARING THIS prosthetic?

Yes! However, give your dog a few days of using the prosthetic before they attempt stairs. If they seem to be adjusting well to the prosthetic and moving comfortably, you should be able to introduce stairs. Be sure to supervise their first few attempts.

HOW LONG IS THE FABRICATION PROCESS?

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

HOW LONG WILL SHIPPING TAKE?

We offer free 5-7 business day ground shipping in the US for both the casting kit and custom prosthetic, as well as 2 Business Day or Overnight 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 dog's leg and fabricate the Custom prosthetic, 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 dog; more anxious or badly injured dogs may find the process more distressing. It is recommended that you perform the process with at least 3-4 people depending on your dog'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 dog's leg. We also offer FREE on-site casting at our Arden Hills, Minnesota location.

Customer Reviews

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Rebecca DeVost
Not as useful as we'd hoped

My dog is small (15 pounds) so the prosthetic is also small. She is missing about three inches off her front paw. I was hoping the prosthetic would give her the ability to use the stairs. As it is, there is no "bounce" in the prosthetic and, therefore, she can't wear it in the house because she can't jump off the couch with it on. She also can't (won't) run on cement. The only improvement with this device is that it gives her improved ability to run on grass.

For such an expensive four inches of plaster, I wish the company had given me the option of talking to the individual actually making the device to better understand our needs rather than relying on a short questionnaire.

Hi Rebecca,
We are so sorry to hear the device isn't as useful as you thought. I do see that Customer Care has already reached out to you to get pictures from so we can help assess overall fit. Prosthetics are very customized for the animal so the design isn't always going to be the same from one animal to another. Some dogs can jump and do stairs with partial limbs but for some dogs they may not actually want to once the device is on. Customer Care can help assess your specific situation once we gather a bit more info from you. We are happy though that is has allowed your dog to be more active and run on grass! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review.

Best,
Animal Ortho Care

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Sarah Fowler
The Pegassist

Our dog, Peg, was born missing a front paw. Hopping is all she has ever known, and she got around really well, but when you're a Golden Retriever, that much weight and strain on one front limb takes its toll. We had to find some way to help her as she, at 6 years old, has arthritis in her front ankle and when she overdoes it she can't put her front paw on the ground at all. We ordered a prosthetic for her and while I was concerned that she would have difficulty adjusting to walking, she has done great. We had to first get her to trust weight on the artificial limb, but once she figured that out, her natural instinct took over and she was good to go.

We got the prosthetic in the estimated time frame and when we felt it needed a slight adjustment we were able to ship it back and get it returned quickly. I do wish there was more community support and suggestions for things on how to teach the dog to walk and go up and down stairs, how to make sure the prosthetic is a good fit, and how to make sure the limb isn't too tight or too loose.

Overall, I'm very happy with it. Peg can go on longer walks without getting overly tired or sore and it takes strain away from her good leg as well which is very important.

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Cindy Readal

Great service! Thank you!

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Kaitlyn Blumrich
Life changing prosthetic

This prosthetic has changed Olaf’s life. After having sepsis and losing a hind leg and all of his toes on his other hind leg, he couldn’t even walk. He is an active pup that loves to play with other dogs and was always so sad watching him try to run on his two front legs. This prosthetic has helped him enjoy life more and now he can run with the rest of the dogs, swim, and even goes on nature trails. He is so much happier and so thankful for this company for making this happen for him!

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richard vuich
Wonderful Service

The company offered a great service. After trying a week, we noticed the prosthetic needed some adjustments. We contacted the company. They responded immediately. We especially wanted to thank Angela Boncz for her wonderful service. After she made the adjustment, she sent back the prosthetic second day. Thank you! Angela. The prosthetic changed my dog's life. She wears it everyday, running and chasing squirrels. No words can express our thanks to Animal Ortho Care.

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