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OrthoPets Hobble Vest is a specialised dog brace (or vest) that can be used to help support and stabilise dogs with medial shoulder instabilities. Medial shoulder instabilities in dogs are similar to a rotator cuff injury in humans. These types of injuries typically present with the dog presenting with minor limping, to almost non-weight bearing. Patients with medial shoulder instabilities will typically show unwillingness to make tight turns.
A Hobble Vest provides support to your dog’s leg(s) with medial shoulder instabilities. These types of injuries are commonly a result of an injury of the medial glenohumeral ligament and can be the result of a strain and/or tear. Shoulder injuries can present with your dog showing lameness and can range from moderate to severe. These injuries typically become significantly worse after extended exercise. Medial shoulder instabilities often occur in sporting and athletic dogs, and can sometimes occur in older dogs who slip when trying to get up from a slick floor. Medial shoulder injuries are often the result of repeated stress to the glenohumeral ligament.
Patients with medial shoulder instabilities typically present with decreased mobility and lameness. Medial shoulder instabilities are diagnosed by your Vet through skilled manipulation (often under sedation) and are required to rule out a more common injury to a thoracic limb.
A Hobble Vest used for a medial shoulder instability prevent the forelimbs from abducting or moving away from the patient’s midline. These injuries are typically treated in conjunction with restricted activity, arthoscopy, shockwave therapy, or laser therapy. The use of professional rehabilitation has proved to significantly improve patient recovery.
N.B. It should be noted that the Hobble Vest is intended for short to medium term usage (3-4 months) to aid healing and recovery and is not designed or intended for long term use.