Before using a splint, it is important that we ensure us that the size is correct, a small splint will compress too, a very wide dance and will not give good support. Splints are plastic termodeformable, can heat up and adapt to the dog, to widen or shutting down a little. The angle should not be changed.
For their care and maintenance it is sufficient to wipe a damp cloth, eventually clean carefully with a brush the outside, it is not recommended to much wet it with warm water and SOAP.
Placement of the splint
The first few times that the splint is placed is better to have the help of another person who hold him or distract the dog.
We can put the splint from the former member with the dog sitting or dog on station (stand with all four limbs on the ground; he is not to be recommended to put the splint with the dog lying in lateral decubitus and in ventral decubitus.
The posterior splints should be placed with the dog in season.
The dog's skin should be clean and dry, it is very important that the hair is dry since otherwise it can cause irritation of the skin, redness, or small ulcers.
It is recommended to put a band tubular or a cohesive elastic bandage around the leg of the dog. The function of this band is to increase the comfort, should not be too tight, will cause the dog to better tolerate the splint.
The splint is placed on the back of the former member leaving the velcro straps at the front, place the pads of the dog at the bottom of the splint first, leaving fingers relaxed, these of must protrude from the splint.
Place guards the front of the straps so that they are right in the middle of the front part of the leg of the dog for comfort. Setting first velcro bottom making sure the dog leg is completely adjusted to the splint, then setting the upper cinch the middle and last.
Unless your veterinarian tells you to you must not take the splint all day, usually at night the dog can sleep without it, and during the day you put it above all in times of more exercise. After fissures or fractures, according to the advice of your veterinarian, or certain neurological problems if that may need to be take it permanently. In this latter case must regularly monitor the skin of the animal.
Technical Director of canine orthopedics