Not all dogs are blessed to have all four paws. What are the options for a three legged dog?
Just like humans, our furry friends can have a handicap. My childhood friends had a dog, Boomer, which only had three legs. It was not uncommon or alarming for me to see Boomer moving around with three legs, although I am sure that would be quite a shock for some. While Boomer made due with his three legs and did not need a prosthetic or brace for help, some dogs do. Today, dogs have many options to help them get around. The three most popular are:
- Canine Splints: These are simple devices you can buy off-the-shelf to support an injured limb that is healing. These are only for temporary use.
- Canine Orthotics for support: This option includes leg braces and splints that support a specific body part on your pooch. Orthotics are typically custom-made, so that it matches the animal’s specific body and needs.
- Canine Prosthetics to replace a limb: These devices are designed to replace a missing foot or leg. Like orthotics, prosthetics need to be custom-designed in order to match the pet’s needs.
The use of orthotics or prosthetics will not hurt your pet, but your pet has to get used to the device. Think of the orthotic or prosthetic like a new pair of hiking boots: you’ll want to break them in before using them to hike up a mountain. In the same way, you must train your pet and get him comfortable with their new device. It may take patience, but these devices will let them romp and play in their own way.
Do you know any three legged dogs? How do they get around? Tell us in the comment section!