Revolutionary Anatomically-shaped ‘Pet Cast’ to Eliminate Pressure Sores and Create Superior Veterinary Standard of Care for Fractures
From L to R UPET Founders You Nievi and Martin Kaufman
– A solution to Over 60% of cast-treated pets get additional injuries from commonly used plaster cast
– UPETS Total Limb Cast (TLC) tackles these issues with anatomically shaped bi-valve splints that are based on 30,000 animal limbs 3D scans
– The splints are made from biodegradable, breathable and heat moldable Woodcast material, that is stronger than fiberglass, and has been used to treat over 1.5 million human patients since 2010
Today OrthoPets, a subsidiary of material company Dassiet, has launched a safe and effective casting solution for veterinarians. The anatomically shaped splints cover the entire range of casting treatments, from full leg cast to paw or toe injuries. The products tackle the widely known issues of veterinary casting – Over 60% of animals with a cast get additional injuries and suffer commonly from painful pressure sores.
“Sores, pain and stiffness are always on the horizon with casting. But if we take the cast off too early, the leg can be injured again because of lack of proper support. UPETS tackles these problems all at once. I find it easy to apply the pre-shaped casts even for very small or large dogs and make adjustments if needed. I can watch my patients walk off the clinic normally with their cast, knowing they can wear it safely until fully healed.
“We see significant and immediate improvement in patients compared to the common cast”, says Dassiet Chief Veterinarian Jouni Niemi, who oversees the clinical research of UPETS.The UPETS TLC products are made from FDA and CE approved Woodcast material used in human casting and splinting.
We see significant and immediate improvement in patients compared to the common cast.
Bandages, padding and tape are replaced with a soft, self-cohesive Unitex fabric that passes moisture and dries fast. TLC products are engineered for easy destabilization by removing parts of the splint, and the same product can be used throughout the whole treatment. The breathable, lightweight materials combined with the anatomical fit help prevent sores and restore normal position and movement of the limb.
OrthoPets founder Martin Kaufmann, who has worked with Veterinary Orthotics and Prosthetics for over 20 years, is behind the anatomical design of the UPETS TLC products.
Martin comments: “The common cast is very problematic, but we’ve lacked better alternatives. Now, with the Dassiet supermaterials and OrthoPets’ vast experience in veterinary biomechanics we have re-engineered the common cast. UPETS TLC is anatomical and safe. It’s stress-free for both the vet and the pet. It brings veterinary casting to the modern day and offers a better standard care option for all vets and orthopedic surgeons out there.”