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Have you ever seen someone walking a dog carrying it in a therapeutic harness? Today we will explain the properties of the dog harness.

When talking about a dog harness, you’re probably thinking about that alternative restraint system to the collar. And yes, sure enough, that’s also a harness. But today we want to talk about a very special type of dog harness. Do you want to know why?

Because those harnesses allow dogs to regain their mobility. Thanks to those gadgets, our best friends can overcome injuries, speed up rehabilitation, and have all the joy of when they’re healthy. Do you want to know how?


Therapeutic dog harness: how does it work?

Dog harness with therapeutic properties works, so to speak, as a restraint for the dog. The owner passes under the part of the body that has damaged mobility (hind legs, front legs) so that the handles are up. In this way, a fastening effect is created. The owner carries part of the weight of the dog so that this is not an impediment.

This makes the dog feel lighter and regain some of its agility. Imagine, for example, a dog with a damaged hind leg. Every time he carries his weight, he hurts himself, so he stops exercising and in the end his whole body suffers. It is increasingly difficult for that dog to recover its good state of health.

With a dog harness for the hind legs, the owner of that dog offloads part of its own weight. That way, having nothing to pressure his injury, the dog can return to exercise the muscles without forcing it. Thanks to this, he will recover mobility much earlier and the days of the injury will be a distant memory.

Dogs that will not regain mobility

But there is another type of dog that can benefit from the dog harness: those who will never regain their mobility. Wheelchairs for dogs give them the possibility to move freely and have a dignified and relatively comfortable life, but, at the end of the day, they are linked to something that makes them uncomfortable and heavy.

arnes-de-soporte-para-perroA dog harness is a way to give you back that feeling of freedom from time to time. Thanks to the support of his sleep, the dog has the feeling of being able to run autonomously again on his four legs. You will see how your best friend is agitated with happiness by feeling free and light again to run and play for a while. A time that for him means everything.

Dogs need to move in order to lead a good life. It’s not just about the joy they feel when running and playing. Good physical activity is crucial to prevent injury, atrophy or contract diseases related to a sedentary lifestyle. A dog harness is a great way to give your pet a chance to live healthier and happier.

The animal had lost a leg in an accident before being found by a retiree willing to help him. Not finding the right prosthesis, veterinarians resorted to a particular solution.

Tortuga con prótesis en la pata

The animal was seriously injured in Neuried, southern Germany, thanks to an ingenious solution with Lego pieces it was able to recover its ability to walk.

“Schildi”, as the turtle was named by those who received it after its accident, had lost one of its legs and with that its mobility and autonomy, this fact could have led to its death in a short time, but its fate changed radically with an original low cost prosthesis.

A retiree from the city of Sttutgart found “Schildi” and transferred her to the Animal Shelter of Neuried, where they were able to cure what was left of the front leg, strongly affected by an infection.

The veterinarian Marcelo Bürkle did not rest in his efforts to find a solution to the lack of a prosthesis on the market for the lost leg, until he saw in his clinic the daughter of one of his employees with Lego construction toys.

The doctor used his creativity and stuck a lego wheel in the place of the turtle’s paw, which allowed him to regain mobility and thus save his life.

Source: www.infobae.com


Hip dysplasia is one of the most common mobility difficulties in dogs, especially large ones. At Ortocanis, we work every day to expand and improve our range of products for these types of problems, and we believe that any additional information is good. Here we leave you another interesting article.

At the University of León, a radiographic method has been developed for the early diagnosis of this disease with great emotional repercussions for owners.

Hip dysplasia is a very common disease in large and giant breeds of dogs, which consists of defective development of this joint.

In it, the two bones that form the joint, femur and pelvis, do not adapt correctly due to different biomechanical imbalances produced during the growth of the animal. It is a hereditary disease, so the main solution to eradicate it is to avoid breeding these animals, although it is also important to control factors such as nutrition, weight or overexertion of the puppy during its growth as well as consanguinity in selective breeding.

The symptoms presented by the animals vary according to the severity of the dysplasia, from a slight lameness to the total inability of the animal to lead a normal life.

The diagnosis of this disease is not easy, since there is no method that allows it to be determined in all cases. The method accepted in Spain for certificate purposes is radiographic, although it has the disadvantage that it must be carried out when growth has finished, that is, after twelve months for most breeds.

Early diagnosis can prevent transmission

In the Doctoral Thesis of Beatriz Melo Alonso, defended at the University of León and directed by doctors José Manuel Gonzalo Orden and Mario Manuel Dinis, hip dysplasia has been investigated in one of our native breeds: the Burgos Pointer.
The result of this research has been worrying, since 59.3% of the animals studied suffer from hip dysplasia in its different degrees, with 18.6% severe dysplasia. This high percentage should alert the Burgos Perdiguero associations to try to eradicate it.

Early diagnostic

The drawback is that the aforementioned diagnostic technique is very late, and therefore, has a great emotional impact on owners.
For this reason, another part of the research has consisted of perfecting, for this breed, a new diagnostic technique developed in the United States called the PennHIP or distraction method, which consists of taking a specific X-ray and taking a measurement on it called the index of distraction.

This study has concluded that with the PennHIP method this disease can be predicted from four months of age, and throughout the animal’s growth, with the same reliability, in the Pointer, and it has even been possible to enunciate a formula with the which will know the degree of hip dysplasia that he will have in the future from the distraction index that he presents at four months. This system could reduce this disease, which has so much repercussion, both on the animal itself and on the owners.

Source: University of León