A Minnesota company is on a mission to develop prosthetics, braces and pain-relief medical devices for animals that are just as good as those made for humans.
You may have seen the handiwork of veterinary medical device firm Animal Ortho Care. The company enabled a mini dwarf pony named Pumpkin that was born with four deformed legs to walk and even run wearing custom-designed braces. A YouTube video showing the transformation has gotten more than 10 million hits since it first aired last year.
More recently, the company designed and built a prosthetic leg for a Great Dane that was found tied to a pole in his owners’ South Carolina back yard. With no access to food or water and unable to walk, the dog had chewed off his paw in an apparent attempt to free himself from the tether, which was cutting into skin and bone.