Tuesday March 31, 2015 0 comments
FORT COLLINS - A Rottweiler who lost his paws to frostbite as a puppy has become the second dog ever known to receive four prosthetic limbs.
The dog, Brutus, is learning to walk again with help from OrthoPets, an animal prosthetics developer in Denver, and pet orthopedics experts at Colorado State University's James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
"Brutus shows how we can explore new technologies to find solutions, and how our partnerships with companies like OrthoPets really help," said Dr. Felix Duerr, an assistant professor who practices small animal orthopedics at the teaching hospital.
In preparation for the prosthetics, Brutus had corrective paw surgery with Dr. Trent Gall, a CSU veterinary alumnus working in Longmont.
After his surgery, Brutus and his new owner, Laura Aquilina of Loveland, worked with OrthoPets, the world's largest veterinary orthotic and prosthetic company, to fit his new prosthetic paws.
The prosthetics are designed to protect and make Brutus' limbs more comfortable, to support his front collapsed legs and to realign each leg to an equal length.