BIKO DOG BRACE – Degenerative Myelopathy
HOW IT WORKS
The BIKO DOG BRACE is used for degenerative myelopathy or other hind leg and hip conditions in dogs, the elastic resistance bands clip to the “D” ring of a standard (Roman) harness, and are attached to a padded Velcro cuff that fits just below the ankle (“hock”) joint. The cuff is specifically designed to minimize irritation with prolonged use.
The bands stretch slightly as the dog walks and assists the forward movement of the feet, also protecting and preventing the feet from knuckling under. This is very helpful for dogs with poor muscle strength, or nerve disorders that prevent proper foot placement. As the right foot moves forward, the resistance that develops in the left Biko PR Band prevents the left foot from slipping sideways or backward, and the process is repeated on the other side as the dog walks.
The Biko Progressive Resistance (PR) Bands System utilizes “progressive resistance” that can be increased or decreased just by changing the resistance bands. The bands come in a color-coded system of progressive elastic resistance – yellow, red, and green.
With more stability and control, dogs with hind limb weakness, lack of coordination, or decreased proprioception can get much more benefit out of the exercise.
The Biko PR Bands work well as the sole physiotherapeutic modality but are equally at home in conjunction with the underwater treadmill, land treadmill, cavalettis, peanut exercise balls, balance boards, etc. The Biko PR Bands should be used early on to help maintain and improve mobility and muscle strength.
As your pet has the potential to damage the brace or injured themselves, we recommend the supervision of your dog at all times when wearing the brace.
WHAT IS IT FOR
The Biko Progressive Resistance (PR) Bands System is intended for chronic muscle weakness and nerve disorders of the hind limbs, including:
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Arthritis of the hips/hip dysplasia
- Decreased muscle tone due to inactivity/obesity
- Spinal cord injuries (including Intervertebral disc disease IVDD and Fibrocartilaginous embolism FCE)
- Wobbler’s Syndrome
- Lack of balance caused by diseases of the cerebellum
- Post-op orthopedic surgery, including cruciate ligament repair
- Weakness due to diabetes and/or Cushing’s disease
- Cerebellar ataxia
- Cruciate ligament tears (at least 8 weeks after surgery)
- Atrophy due to inactivity/obesity
- Lumbosacral disease
- Patellar luxation
DO NOT USE IT FOR:
- No motor function in one or more limbs
- Severe weakness or ataxia that require your dog to be moved or lifted to walk
- Any other acute, painful condition.
ATHLETE AND WORKING DOGS:
The Biko PR Bands are also used for Resistance Training in Athlete and Working Dogs in the same way professional athletes use weight and resistance training.
It will help dogs increase their strength, endurance, agility and improve their performance.
All parts are hand-made and meet the highest quality standards.
Similar to the elastic exercise bands used by people, repeated stretching and relaxing of the elastic material causes fatigue and will, over time, lose its therapeutic effectiveness. Biko PR Bands should be replaced every 3-6 months depending on a number of factors (weight of the dog, frequency and duration of use, and climate). Each Biko PR Bands Individual kit comes with three sets of PR bands to last six to 9 months of use. Replacement bands and cuffs can be ordered separately.
Fitting The Biko PR Bands:
Step 1: Put the Roman harness on the patient, D-ring lying flat
Step 2: Place the padded cuffs, with their Velcro fasteners, around the metatarsus on each hind limb, just below the hock
Step 3: Clip the Biko PR Bands (the end without extenders) to the D-ring of the harness.
Step 4: Clip the end with the extenders to the foot cuffs.
The Biko System In Action
The Biko System In Action
SIZES AND MEASUREMENTS
BIKO METATARSAL DISTANCE MEASUREMENT
BIKO CUFF MEASUREMENT
Measuring & Fitting the BIKO System
How To Measure Your Dog For The Biko PR System?
How To Fit The Biko System