New modeling software is helping animal health experts develop more customizable prosthetics for pets with missing limbs. Still, not all legs are created equal. Photograph: Dive Design Consider the three-legged dog.
Maybe you own one, or have seen them in the park or in any of the billions of Dodo videos about them . Lopsided yet resilient, they evoke a kind of fawning sympathy from us humans that’s unmatched by the typical quadruped canine. “People are drawn to specially abled pets,” says Rene Agredano, a cofounder of the pet-amputation support website Tripawds . “I think the attraction is that we just want to help them. We just want to make sure that they are given an equal chance at having a happy life.” More and more, that desire to help manifests as prosthetics, especially in cases where the animal has lost more than one limb. Pets with artificial limbs have become a whole genre of feel-good videos of their own. A cat with bionic hind legs . A tortoise with wheels . The clips make the rounds on Facebook, where they add a smidge of feel-good optimism to the otherwise dour deluge that is your newsfeed. 3D printing has […]
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