Mitzie’s Bionic Paw

by Mary Haight on January 20, 2011

The The Bionic Vet title card
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Now we have a matched set!  Sort of.  Mitzi the bionic dog, meet Oscar the bionic cat , both the first of their species to receive special prosthetic paws that allow them to experience their normal cat and dog lives. Dr Noel Fitzpatrick, who had his own series on BBC, the Bionic Vet, performed both procedures, this newest on a three-year-old German Shepherd. Mitzie got her foot and ankle crushed by a horse, and it was either try this or amputate the whole leg. 

Dr Fitzpatrick notes that before this procedure, Intraosseous Transcutaneous Amputation Prosthesis technology (ITAP), there was no way to fit a dog or cat with a prosthetic. Now they use computer modeling to measure the gait of the animal to create an end product that acts like a real ankle and foot, allowing the animal to run and jump and do what they do.  And yes, this procedure has recently been used on a woman who had lost an arm. 

You can read the rest at the Daily Mail Online and take a look at the x-ray and photo close up. 

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