So it has been a few weeks since I started this post. I finally have an update to give.
After contacting 3 different orthopedic prosthetic companies, I got answer that wasn’t “Your cat’s case is too hard. Best of luck”. That answer was incredibly frustrating. How can just by looking at an x-ray someone say those words? No let me think about it or give me some time to think up something. It is like these companies found a way that works for a majority of cases and then just stopped trying to innovate. Even though most of them show all the different “hard” cases like a goose foot or a donkey leg. But again a cat leg is too hard.
I found the current ortho guy from watching an episode of Animal ER. I know that Tripawds recently had a podcast with Dr. Beale but I kept forgetting to listen. The episode had a rescue dog that lost its paw. Dr. Beale called in Bill Bickley an orthopedic prosthetics person with about 20 years experience.
He said that it might be difficult but he had an idea based on the x-rays I had of Trin’s leg. Bill suggested that surgery to keep Trin’s knee from moving might make it easier to hold the prosthetic He requested more photos and a video of Trin walking in order to come up with a plan.
My question for anyone reading is has your tripawd needed surgery to make it so a prosthetic would fit properly?
Today I started the blog to document Trin’s journey to getting a prosthetic leg.
When I first got her about a year ago, I thought about getting Trin a prosthetic leg. At the time she was too young and not fully grown, so I didn’t want to get her one just yet. Also she seemed to be adapting to her tripawd life. A year later and she still tries to use her stub like it is a leg.
My ultimate goal for Trin is to give her stub the needed protection and help her walk without a large limp. I want to volunteer with Trin as a sort of therapy cat for veterans and children with prosthetics and missing limbs. I think that veterans and children would be able to relate to Trin.
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