Photos: High-Tech Pet Prosthetics in the Wild

Injured animals live freely with the help of carbon fiber and 3D-printed limbs.
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Photos: High-Tech Pet Prosthetics in the Wild OrthoPets

In recent years, a few entrepreneurial prosthetic craftsmen and women have decided to ply their trade on behalf of new clients: cats, dogs and other four-legged animals. These innovators are preserving or restoring disabled animals' full range of movement and way of life by outfitting pets with carbon fiber, fiberglass and 3D-printed limbs.

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A few of the leaders in the field are Colorado-based OrthoPets, the industry giant; Animal Orthocare, a smaller outfit situated in Chantilly, Virginia; K-9 Orthotics and Prosthetics in Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia; and Pet Artificial Limbs and Supports in Houston.

Custom braces are also being developed to help a pet who suffered a traumatic injury recover faster and more completely than ever before.

Now, veterinarians across the U.S. can order the high-tech prosthetics for injured dogs, cats—and even the odd alpaca.

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The small but growing field of animal orthotics and prosthetics was pioneered in the first years of this century largely by Martin and Amy Kaufmann, founders of Colorado-based OrthoPets; Jeff Collins of K-9 Orthotics and Prosthetics in Nova Scotia; and Derrick Campana of Animal Ortho Care in Virginia. OrthoPets