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Bandages and orthotics for dogs – how they work and provide more stability for joints

The orthopedic field for dogs is developing more and more and so especially the fields of orthotics and bandages for dogs have developed rapidly. What a bandage can do and where it is used and what orthotics can do for dogs and how they support, I have summarized for you here understandable. You’ll also learn what to look for when choosing and when not to buy “off the shelf.”

Bandages for dogs – when to use them

Bandages provide good support and security in movement for dogs suffering from age-related joint weakness, ligament or muscle weakness, degenerative joint disease such as osteoarthritis, neurological disease or acute injury. But they are also increasingly used for prevention in dog sports or during intensive stress such as hiking. Orthotics for dogs

How bandages work orthotics for dogs

In their function, bandages stabilize and/or fix joints. They are softer, lighter and more flexible in design than orthoses. Due to the materials used, they do not hinder the movement of the dog.

These are the differences in bandages

They come in a variety of designs. For example, a different stabilizing function is achieved via the thickness of the material. Furthermore, joint splints can also be used for further stabilization. In their shape, the bandages are adapted to the corresponding joint. Orthotics for dogs

An important fit is very important so that the support can also work in its function. Thus, it must not be too wide and slip, nor cut. Pressure points should be avoided and care should be taken to ensure that the material is permeable to air. Neoprene is often used here. Orthotics for dogs

Many joint supports can now be purchased “prefabricated”. In the case of knee supports, for example, I recommend using a custom-made product whenever possible. They can be used temporarily but also permanently.

Orthotics for dogs – support in rehab, stability for joints and more.

Unlike a bandage, an orthosis is a fixed splint. It is made of a sturdy frame or shell construction. This is especially helpful if the dog suffers from functional limitations in a joint of also the spine. Orthoses can also be used both temporarily and permanently.

The difference between shell orthoses and bivalve orthoses in dogs and how they work

A distinction is made between shell orthoses, in which the shell is attached to the barrel by means of straps. This achieves stabilization of a joint. This is helpful in conditions such as osteoarthritis or those that affect ligaments and tendons. It can also be used to support malpositions. Shell orthoses are available with joint function, which enables successively increased joint movement, e.g. in rehabilitation. I am also happy to recommend orthotics for older dogs who are no longer expected to undergo surgery, in order to preserve as much physiological movement as possible by using the orthotic to help relieve pressure on the affected run and also relieve pain. An orthosis on the opposite leg can also provide good relief after an amputation.

On the other hand, there are clamshell orthoses that enclose the entire barrel. This is how you achieve intensive stabilization. It is used, for example, for joint stiffness, paralysis or very large dogs.

Orthotics can be used in a variety of ways and their functionality is adapted to the needs of the dog. The above examples of use offer only a small overview of when orthoses can be used. An orthopedic technician can advise on the individual case and make an orthosis tailored to the dog.

Have you had any experience with bandages or orthotics on your dog? Feel free to share your experiences with me in the comments!

All the love, your Tina

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