BIKO Exercise Assist
Degenerative myelopathy (CDRM) is not uncommon, particularly in the German Shepherd, Boxer and Pembroke Corgi. It is a difficult condition to manage either medically or surgically. Whilst the progression of the degeneration can be delayed by dietary supplements, treatment options are very limited. Sooner or later the control over the hind limb deteriorates to the point where walking and particularly turning is difficult. Excoriation of the toes and dorsal surface of the foot typically follows. Affected dogs are well in themselves and owners are often highly motivated. Keeping the dog as active as possible is important to delay progression.
The Biko physio brace has been developed to assist the dog in walking and turning for as long as possible. The system is based on elastic straps which run from a chest harness to the hind feet. As the the hind foot reaches the end of the stride and the weight is transferred to the opposite foot the strap helps to bring the trailing foot straight forward ready for the next stride thereby compensating for the loss of muscle tone.
Dogs suffering from nerological deficits, both temporary and permanent, due to disc pathology will also benefit from the Biko brace.