OrthoPets COVID-19 Guidelines for Clinics/Hospitals & Pet Owners

 

DATE:  4/1/2020

SUBJECT:  COVID-19 Guidelines for Clinics/Hospitals and Pet Owners/Guardians

 

There is great benefit in supporting patients in need as soon as possible to help prevent loss of limb use and prevent patients learning 3-legged gait patterns.  As such, during the COVID-19 crisis OrthoPets will allow the following if the owner cannot currently visit their DVM (Veterinarian) for support.

 

General Notes:

  • All custom V-OP (veterinary orthotic and prosthetic) devices require a prescription from a DVM.
  • Patient should be seen as soon as possible after receiving device, either in person or via telemedicine/video conferencing, to ensure for the proper care of patient.
  • Regular follow-up care and rehabilitation is highly recommended.

 

Established Doctor/Patient Relationship:

  • Impression for device and fitting of device can be done by owner if recommended and supported by DVM.
  • Requirements: DVM prescription, Measurement Form, media (pictures and videos) and Contract.

 

No Current Doctor/Patient Relationship:

  • Pet owner to contact DVM for assistance in diagnosis, requiring either an in-person visit or a telemedicine appointment. Some tentative diagnoses may be feasible via telemedicine.
  • Impression for device and fitting of device can be done by owner if recommended and supported by DVM.
  • Requirements: DVM prescription, Measurement Form, media (pictures and videos) and Contract.

 

DEVICE considerations:

  • Stifle: In-person visit to DVM will be required (drawer test).  A stifle orthotic with tarsus suspension wrap may be recommended by OrthoPets.
  • Carpus & Tarsus: In-person visit may not be required.  Device can be made similar to a cast until the patient gets orthopedic exam from DVM/surgeon.  This device will incorporate a design that can be updated/modified to change it into a full featured custom orthotic later on based upon pathology and goals for the patient. 
  • Prosthetics: In-person visit is required, and patient must be already under the care of DVM.

 

OrthoPets Case Managers will assist pet owners and/or doctors through the process.  Written instructions and video guidance are both available.  Please call 303-953-2545 to talk to an OrthoPets Case Manager.