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How to use a Dog Splint
Injuries to the lower limb of small animals often need to be splinted or braced. Please see your veterinarian to determine whether this is the best treatment for your pet. These splints can be used on the lower leg for stability and support and are available in a full range of sizes with different shapes to accommodate the front or rear leg comfortably. Your pet should always be supervised when using the splint.
Walkin' Wheels Splints are placed on the back of the leg and held in place by padded Velcro straps. They extend about halfway up the leg. The bottom of the splint extends completely under the paw to provide weight-bearing support. This is ideal for fractures, knuckling, and other ailments.
Splints are made of hard plastic with a soft foam lining and a non-skid pad on the bottom. The non-skid pad will not work well on some slippery surfaces. Before using the splint, test it on the surface to make sure it will grip adequately.
Splints should be used only when recommended by a pet care professional who will determine whether the splint is appropriate, how long it should be worn, and what problems might occur that would indicate that use of the splint should be discontinued. These include chafing, muscle atrophy, or extreme distress of the animal.
The First Time
Occasionally, animals resist having the splint put on and may try to escape. An animal with a splint halfway on can injure himself or herself. Put the splint on in an enclosed area and secure the pet with a leash or other restraint. As you start to put on the splint, reward the pet with special treats. Start with two to three minute sessions and increase the time as your pet gets used to the splint.
Putting the splint on your pet
Putting a sock on the leg before applying the splint is sometimes more comfortable for the dog. Front splints should be applied on a sitting animal, rear splints on a standing animal. Start at the bottom, placing the foot flat in the bottom of the splint, making sure that the toes do not extend over the bottom edge. Snug the bottom strap first. Check for a snug fit after the animal has taken a few steps.
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