Orthoses and Exoprostheses for Companion Animals

Denis J Marcellin-Little, Marti G. Drum, David Levine, Susan S. McDonald

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Exoprostheses are devices that are secured to incomplete limbs to enable locomotion. By comparison, orthoses are devices externally applied to support or protect an injured body part. Orthoses also can be used to control, guide, protect, limit motion of, or immobilize an extremity, a joint, or a body segment. Exoprostheses and orthoses are a growing aspect of the physical rehabilitation of companion animals. They require precise design and fabrication. Patients and owners must be trained to use the devices. Exoprostheses and orthoses can have a profound beneficial impact on the mobility and the quality of life of companion animals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-183
Number of pages17
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Exoprosthesis
  • Orthosis
  • Orthotics
  • Prosthetic design
  • Prosthetic device
  • Prosthetic fitting
  • Prosthetic training
  • Socket prosthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals
  • Medicine(all)


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