Farm Animal – Partial Limb Horse Prosthetic – Specialized Pet Solutions – Starting at $795
A partial limb prosthetic is designed to suspend from the residual limb base to help with stabilization, taking extra strain off of the sound side and encouraging a more normal posture in large animals such as horses, llamas, goats, sheep, pigs and cows.
Most animals adjust well to prosthetics when the fit is good. A horse prosthetic can be an extremely useful tool in aiding an animal to function more naturally, leading to a happier animal.
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Our horse prosthetic is built to custom fit your animal specifically. A horse prosthetic is not only practical for your animal it keeps their body mechanics in a more natural position decreasing strain on the good limbs.
We also custom design prosthetics for most farm animals of all shapes and sizes including donkeys, goats, sheep, cows, llamas and pigs.
Prosthetic technology has come a long way and horse prosthetics are becoming more and more mainstream. Farm animals can enjoy a full happy life with the use of prosthetics.
Prosthetics have been proven to improve the quality of life of your large animal.
The area of amputation is crucial to determining whether an animal is a good candidate for a prosthetic. For a front leg prosthesis, the amputation must be below the elbow. For a rear leg prosthesis, the amputation must occur below the hock. This is in order to ensure adequate suspension area for the prosthetic device. We are always open to consulting with veterinarians to discuss amputation placement of your animal.
Once you order your device Specialized Pet Solutions will mail out a casting kit. Once you receive this casting kit watch the video on our Youtube channel or in the link on the product page of our website on how to cast an animal. It is helpful to watch the video prior to casting as it allows you a visual of the process and will aid in gathering the necessary materials needed to do the cast. If you are uncertain about doing the casting yourself, your veterinarian can also do it for you (they’re fee’s apply). Once the cast is complete ship it back to us and we will create a mold of your animals limb. With the mold we create your custom device. Please allow 12-14 business days for manufacturing on larger animals. We will then mail your custom prosthetic to you.
Please be understanding and nurturing while your animal acclimates to this new tool. All animals treat prostheses differently and adjust accordingly.
Every prosthetic is made out of high quality materials and manufactured to the highest standards right here in the United States.
Animal wellness is our top priority and we offer a 5% discount to any animal shelter or sanctuary.
Our prices start at $795, price is determined by size and difficulty. Please call for further information on how we can help your animal today 833-682-7375
FAQ: Can a horse have a prosthetic leg?
The answer is YES! Horses adapt very well to prosthetics. The key to building equine prosthetics is considering the size and weight of the animal and using quality materials that will last. We have successfully built artificial legs for horses, donkeys, and ponies. We hand build every prosthetic to ensure a custom fit
Beauty the Bald Eagle: A poacher shot Beauty, tragically maiming her beak so that she couldn’t eat by herself anymore and was dependent on hand-feeding for survival. After three years a group of volunteers made her a prosthetic beak, which allowed her to grasp food herself and eat properly again.
Riley the Mare: Infections like the one Riley had, thanks to a contaminated metal plate that was placed in her limb, are so common that it seems to be a given that the horse will just have to be put down. But this quarter horse’s survival of the infection and the use of a prosthetic limb are showing people that this doesn’t have to be the case. Riley’s survival is truly an inspiration to many.
Oscar the Cat: Oscar the cat’s hind legs were severed by a combine harvester while he snoozed in a maize field near his home in Jersey off the mainland of the United Kingdom. A passing cyclist found him and brought him back to his owners; at the time they said he was so covered in blood there was no way they thought he would make it. They got him to an animal hospital known for its pioneering work on the mainland of the UK, and Oscar was given then-unheard-of surgery and fitted with implanted prosthetics. He has been through a few surgeries to ensure the prosthetics are functioning properly and is known as Oscar the Bionic Cat.
These stories are becoming legion, with more and more extraordinary tales of survival and improved quality of life across a larger and larger variety of species all the time. One of the most important considerations, though, must be whether or not a prosthetic will help with improving the animal’s quality of life.
It’s easy to think that we know what is best for our pet, but it’s important to pay attention to the very real concerns about what a prosthetic will help them gain...and what it will not. A prosthetic isn’t the same as an original limb, no matter how hard we all want it to be. And it’s important to consider your pet’s happiness, possibly in contrast to your own. Your happiness at the thought of your pet successfully using a prosthetic may not be the same as your pet’s, and it’s important that you are able to differentiate between the two.
There are three major considerations to make if you are considering a prosthetic for your pet:
- Challenges for your pet: Device suspension, device rotation, and occasionally friction pressure sores are all considerations to make in terms of whether or not a prosthetic will do greater harm than good for your pet, by yourself, your vet, and your prosthetist.
- Is your pet a good candidate? Certain requirements exist that must be met to make sure that your pet will be comfortable and adapt well to a new limb.
- Make sure you and your vet’s goals are the same: Prosthetics can be made to meet so many goals it is important to ensure you’re on the same page in terms of mobility, type of support, stress, and movement, and other issues that will arise as your pet begins to use their prosthetic.
As always, it is imperative to include your prosthetist in many of these conversations to ensure everyone is on the same page.
As your prosthetist, we will generally communicate primarily with your vet about all of the specifics of the prosthetics. We’ll make sure we discuss everything we’ve discussed above as well as anything more that needs to be discussed in order to determine the right fit for your pet the first time.
We will ship you a casting kit along with everything you need to cast your pet. If you are not comfortable casting your pet, please make an appointment with your veterinarian to assist you in the casting process. Your veterinarian will be involved in this process, so having them cast your pet for you may be a good idea; if they are familiar with your pet and you feel comfortable casting the animal, it isn’t necessary to have the vet do the casting, however.
If you have any questions throughout the process please contact us.
If a prosthetic device isn’t right for your animal, they may be able to use an orthotic device. You can read more about that process here.
We look forward to working with you and your pet!
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