OrthoPets Blog



Hello LiLen and all of the wonderful OrthoPets team,

I spoke to Lilen this morning about my dog Levi who two years ago was suffering from a cruciate tear in his left rear leg. OrthoPets fitted him with a stifle brace and the whole process was so positive. At that time he was just 14 and I was uncertain about his ability to bounce back from such an injury at his age. I am very proud to say that this spring he will turn 17 years old!!! He no longer needs his OrthoPets stifle brace but he took to wearing it almost immediately.

The stifle brace gave his leg the stability to heal while keeping him active – this to me is the genius of these braces. At his age mobility is EVERYTHING!!!

When he was 12 he tore his right leg cruciate and I opted to have surgery. It took a full 6 months for him to be able to walk and move freely again and consequently he lost much of his muscle tone and mobility. While I don’t regret my decision (and recognize that surgery is the best course of action in some cases) the process was so arduous and tentative. It was so amazing to have the option to use the OrthoPets brace and be a lot more proactive in the healing process – and to be able to keep him moving!

I am so grateful everyday that somehow I connected with OrthoPets. Without their help, I would not be enjoying each and everyday with my happy and healthy pup! Thank you a million times over!!!

Courtney and Levi

December 2016 Email News from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute


In Our December 2016 Issue …

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  • Registration Opens January 1 for Our Brand-New Advanced Therapist Class!
  • Register Now for Our January Course in Australia!
  • Registration Opens January 1 for the Canine Rehabilitation Assistant!
  • Registration Is Open for Our Spring Courses in Germany!
  • See Us in February at NAVC and APTA’s CSM!
  • We Want Your Feedback About Our 2017 CE Classes … and more!

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October 2016 Email News from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute


In Our October 2016 Issue ….unnamed

Registration Is Open for March 2017 Classes!

Our Next Online Clinical Research Course Starts in January

We Had a Great Time in Australia … and We’re Going Back in January!

We’re Headed Back to the UK and Germany in 2017!

New Construction Pics from Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital

Pawsitive Changes: Project V.E.T.S. … and more!

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August 2016 Email News from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute

August 2016 Email News from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute


In Our August 2016 Issue … 

  • 4e17ddaa-703e-4c12-993c-2bcd0b3ef3cbRegister Now for Canine Sports Medicine in Germany!
  • Five Seats Are Available for Our Introduction Course in Australia … and We’re Planning to Return in January!
  • Register Now for Our Business Class – Only a Few Seats Remain!
  • Registration Is Open for January 2017 Classes!
    Save the Dates for Our 2017 Classes!
    Interested in Our New Online Clinical Research Course?
  • Be Careful With Protected Terms … and more!


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Dear OrthoPets
Just a quick note to tell you what a huge fan of OrthoPets I am!! When we first got the carpus brace for Keeper, we needed it right away following an unexpected follow-up surgery. LiLen worked with me to get it delivered super fast. The product is excellent, keeps the joint completely stable, is easy to put on and take off, fits perfectly (after one year of hard wear, not a single sore), is easy to retread, and is also factory reburbishable. I only wish we’d had it since the very beginning on the injury. Maybe if we had, he wouldn’t need to wear it the rest of his life. As it is, I’m incredibly grateful for this high-quality solution, as it allows Keeper to remain a four-legged dog. He’s found many ways to use it beyond its original purpose (e.g. door knocker). Kudos to LiLen and OrthoPets for an outstanding product and excellent customer service!

Thank you! Maria and Keeper

Patient Feature: Colville


Handsome fella!

Meet Colville (aka CJ), a 2 year old rescued Pittie mix currently cared for by foster mom Jennifer of Black Dog Second Chance Rescue in New York. Colville was born with agenesis of his distal right forelimb, meaning that his toes and paw never fully formed. Colville previously had a prosthetic limb from another manufacturer, but he received that prosthetic early in life and eventually outgrew it. When it became obvious from the way he was using it that his old device was too small and he would need a new prosthetic, Black Dog and Jennifer reached out to OrthoPets to make Colville’s next leg for him.

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Mini horse gets his groove back with special hoof


Miniature horse Shine is fitted with a prosthetic hoof at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. (Photo: William A. Cotton/CSU Photograph.)

FORT COLLINS, CO — The James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at CSU gave a 3-year-old miniature horse a new lease on life by using a 3-D printer and prosthetics to replace a missing hoof.

Shine was injured after a vicious dog attack left his left hind leg mangled and infected. Veterinarians at the hospital had to amputate the leg in order for Shine to survive.

According to Colorado State University, owners Jacque Corsentino and Lee Vigil told veterinarians to “do whatever it takes” to give the horse another chance at a normal life.

And thanks to Shine’s size — he’s 30 inches tall and 150 pounds — he was a good candidate for a prosthetic hoof.

It’s an uncommon approach, said Laurie Goodrich, associate professor of equine orthopedics at CSU.

Goodrich used measurements, Shine’s radiographs and a 3-D printer to build a replica of the horse’s hoof to help him stay balanced while he healed.

“It’s the first one I’ve done, but I’ve always wanted to try,” she said. “We had no way of preserving that limb … this was the only option to preserve his life.”

Shine was fitted with an artificial hoof from OrthoPets and now he is adjusting confidently to trotting. He is preparing to leave the teaching hospital and return home to his ranch in Florence, Colorado, later this week.

“He is so comforting. You know when you have horrible days? Shine is my therapy,” Corsentino said. “I think he would make an amazing therapy horse for wounded warriors or kids with disabilities.”

Colorado State University contributed to this report.

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Patient Feature: Thebault

10295424_10154049366753070_1546401641221682990_oMeet Thebault, a nine year old Sheltie who has suffered from intermittent left front limb lameness since he was a puppy. As he got older, he started to struggle with routine things like walks, stairs, slippery surfaces and even standing up from a sitting position. He was diagnosed with carpal hyperextension and DJD (degenerative joint disease), with a possible but unconfirmed diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. 

Thebault’s owners initially went through our partner clinic, Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Therapy, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, outside of Detroit. Dr. Kern has trained extensively with OrthoPets in our process and works on a number of cases with us regularly in addition to being certified in canine rehabilitation and other pain management modalities. In Thebault’s case, she was able to help him acclimate to his device and, in conjunction with rehab techniques, learn to use it appropriately and comfortably in preparation for a big family move to Alaska.

Dr. Kern and Silver, Thebault’s OrthoPets Case Manager, selected an articulating carpus, articulating paw, “Carter”-style device design for Thebault. This device has a cranial (front) shell, as opposed to our non-articulating and fully caudal (back)  shell device. Thebault didn’t need his device to act as a non-surgical arthrodesis and completely stop all motion the way a non-articulating device would. He just needed help to control some of the movement and laxity in his limb that was making him uncomfortable.

Thebault received his device in early April 2016, and in spite of some shyness at his fitting appointment and even acting at first like the device was chasing him, he took to his orthosis (dog brace) very quickly. Because of the laxity of his digits, Thebault initially tended to supinate in the paw segment of his device which caused some irritation to his lateral 5th digit. This eventually necessitated the device coming back to OrthoPets to have the paw segment heat flared slightly to accommodate this tendency without encouraging it too much. His owners found that he tended to lick that area when his device was removed even after the adjustment, but were able to prevent him licking and further irritating it by putting a baby sock on the foot both to protect it and to distract him from licking as soon as the device came off.

Thebault and his family moved to Alaska in May and by the time they made the move, Thebault was so happy in his device that he actually raises his paw to have it put on. Because of his history and age, Thebault will likely require another orthotic device for his right front limb eventually, but for now he’s doing great with one device and is able to run and play and enjoy walks with his family again!