Sydney is an 8 ½ year old, Australian Cattle Dog, who presented to Dr. DeTora at Colorado Canine Orthopedics & Rehab in November of 2019 with bilateral (both sides) Achilles tendon ruptures. Sydney loves to go on frequent walks and always has a lot to say when she is at the vet. Dr. DeTora prescribed custom tarsal orthoses (dog ankle braces) for Sydney for non-surgical, curative outcome intent, and OrthoPets fabricated bilateral articulating tarsal devices for Sydney.

Unfortunately, Sydney did not progress in healing the way we would have hoped with the conservative management, but luckily, OrthoPets was able to make some adjustments to Sydney’s devices so she could continue getting awesome support for the long term and go on the walks she loves so much!

Around June of 2020, Sydney had surgery to repair both her tendons, and she was able to use her devices for post-op support and gradual reloading of the healing Achilles complexes. Sydney’s right tendon healed fully, and she was able to transition out of her device, however the left tendon repair failed. Thankfully, OrthoPets was able to make some adjustments to Sydney’s left device again, so that she can continue using the left device for long term support. Sydney has been doing great in her left device, and OrthoPets is so happy that we were able to help Sydney and her owners on their journey.