July 28, 2021

Give a Dog a (Brand New) Bone



Give a Dog a (Brand New) Bone
Can she still get a good scratch with her prosthetic feet?  Photo by Maria Kazakova via nsknews.info

After poor Brunhilda, a German Shepherd, severely injured both her back legs in an unfortunate incident, veterinarians in Novosibirsk are using unique 3D printing technology to get her back on her feet— or paws. Despite the tragedies she has faced, Brunhilda has become quite the lucky dog; of the 35 animals to have received this patented prosthetic operation, she is one of the first dogs.

What makes it so unique is that the inner core of each implant is made from 3D-printed titanium and is designed to suit each patient individually. The external layer of the prosthetic is made from softer combined materials to absorb shock and better replicate the natural paw. The testament to the process is that after the operation the patient usually is able to stand and walk (and stay, if she's a good girl, which we are sure Brunhilda is) within the very same day. 

After a few weeks of recovery, Brunhilda should be able to run, dance, or just generally cause chaos— as any good Russian dog should. 

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