Our Daisy has arthritis in an elbow. It's from a break that she suffered as a puppy. We are careful about what we let her do and she gets along well, but has a limp - especially if a walk has gone too long. She is on Rimadyl (an NSAID) and a supplement.
She is 9 now and it hasn't changed much in the 4 years that we've had her. Until now - a week or so ago she was walking on 3 legs but was back to her usual limp after a day's rest. Today she slipped on ice-covered steps, fell down them, and is 3-legging it again.
We are considering a brace for her. The kind that is fitted, has a hinge, and takes the weight off her joint. These braces are readily available but we haven't ever seen a dog with one. That makes us wonder how effective they are. Has anybody here used one, or are familiar with their use?
How well do they work; how well does the dog get used to it; how normally is the dog able to function with it; would it be worn all the time or only when the pain is the worst (3-legging it)? Comments?
Last edited by Bob Engelhardt; 01-23-2018 at 03:31 PM.